r/formula1 Red Bull 13d ago Helpful 8 Wholesome 7 Silver 13

[@WilliamsRacing] Williams Racing and Nicholas Latifi will part ways at the end of the 2022 Season. News /r/all

https://twitter.com/WilliamsRacing/status/1573235835067154433
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u/marie2805 Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

So we can expect a driver announcement quite soon, right?

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u/markbug4 13d ago

"I announce that the contract has been renewed for 5 years. Thanks Williams!"

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u/TheLoneSculler Sir Lewis Hamilton 13d ago

"We understand that without our agreement, Nicholas Latifi has put our a press release stating that he will be driving for Williams next season. This is incorrect. Mr Latifi has not signed a contract with us. He will not drive for Williams next year"

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u/Insp_Callahan Max Verstappen 13d ago

"I understand that without my agreement, Williams has put out a press release stating that I will not be driving for Williams next season. This is incorrect. Williams has not parted ways with me. I will drive for Williams next year." - Latifi

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u/a_fine_gentleman99 Fernando Alonso 13d ago

They're trying to fire you? Just say no. - The 🐐

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u/Noch_ein_Kamel 13d ago

Employers hate this trick :-x

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u/Incendivus 13d ago

I'm a lawyer and I had a client a while back who was the defendant in a lawsuit. He told me he wanted to "let go of the case." Hopefully he moved back home to another country or something. It was really a a pretty sad situation but I always get a kick out of the idea of a defendant's lawyer writing, "Sir: My client declines to be sued by you. Govern yourself accordingly." Maybe Latifi has a similar idea. "You're fired." "No thanks boss, see ya tomorrow" lol lol

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u/HarryGoLocky John Surtees 13d ago

I DECLARE CONTRAAAAAAAAAAAAACT

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u/gmwdim BMW Sauber 13d ago

You can’t just say the word Contract and expect anything to happen.

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u/Pidgey_OP Romain Grosjean 13d ago

I didn't say it. I declared it.

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u/bingoflaps 13d ago

-Alpine

-Michael Scott

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u/NuFu Lando Norris 13d ago

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u/Dodomando Niki Lauda 13d ago

I would guess tomorrow. They probably want to give Latifi his day in the spotlight before announcing the next driver

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u/marie2805 Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

But would they announce on the weekend? Honest question, maybe that‘s not unusual, I can‘t remember

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u/CommisarV Fernando Alonso 13d ago

Idk if it's common, but if you announce during the weekend you can get a lot of facetime with the press. So, if they want that they will I think. If they dont want all the press questions right away they will probably wait. Just my 2 cents.

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u/tharepgod Ayrton Senna 13d ago

Only on weekends when there's a race, so if they announce tomorrow there won't be much facetime with the press really

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u/wjoe Jenson Button 13d ago

They're probably waiting for the F2 season to finish to confirm whether Sargeant qualifies for his superlicense.

There's only 1 more race and the points are close enough that it's possible he still won't qualify. The last race isn't til Abu Dhabi next month.

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u/marie2805 Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

But then why would they announce his departure now? I think someone else has signed the contract at this point (but tbf I‘ve been quite convinced Logan won‘t get the seat for a while now)

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u/No_Imagination_sorry Safety Car 13d ago

They might have announced it for a few reasons. With the recent alpine issues they might be showing their full intention for a contract with someone like Nyck De Vries, by clearing the deck for him to show the option is fully his if he wants it.

Alternatively, it could be because Latifi wanted to get the info out there so that he can be open about his future intentions. We don't yet know what he's doing, but he might go to another series.

Either way, it's not like Latifi is a key player that other teams are going to snap up, so they probably just decided to announce it now to get some press before any new announcement is made about the seat. The open seat itself is more exciting than Latifi as a driver, unfortunately.

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u/burtvonnekut 13d ago

Maybe Latifi forced the issue on whether he was in contention for next year and didn't want to keep it a secret when he was told no? He's been taking a lot of flak on social media this season that will probably die down when it's clear he won't race next year

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u/r32_guest Formula 1 13d ago

Most likely de vries

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u/rpaverion 13d ago

Gasly -> Alpine De Vries -> AT Mick? -> Williams

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u/Aashay7 Carlos Sainz 13d ago

Please I hope this happens to be true.

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u/TheGMT Sir Jackie Stewart 13d ago edited 13d ago

Michael Schumacher's son at Williams seems so, so, so wrong- but I'm so for it.

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u/NendoroidAshe Alexander Albon 13d ago

Let him make his own legacy

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u/ixi_rook_imi 13d ago

If he goes to Williams, and turns the team around making it a WCC team again, did he make his own legacy, or did he follow in his father's footsteps?

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u/glorious_bastard Arrows 13d ago

Could I interest you in Ralf Schumacher's nephew at Williams instead?

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u/RifleSoldier Michael Schumacher 13d ago

Ralf would disagree.

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u/pearl_pluto 13d ago

Ricciardo > Haas?

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u/jdp245 Haas 13d ago

I would LOVE to see that.

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u/peepay Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

DTS seal of approval

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u/illyndor 13d ago

Or Sargeant.

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u/Whycantiusethis Carlos Sainz 13d ago

The most recent rumors I've seen is that they're waiting to see if Sargeant finishes high enough in F2 to obtain a super license, but it seems pretty early to drop Latifi if you don't know for sure that Sargeant will finish high enough.

Plus, the rumors that Gasly going to Alpine and De Vries will go to AlphaTauri are also pretty prevalent.

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u/Peeche94 Lando Norris 13d ago

I don't think Williams will sit on their hands waiting for sargeant, they'll grab De Vries with their links to Mercedes and keep sargeant as reserve, at least that's my guess.

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u/273owls Oscar Piastri 13d ago edited 13d ago

Only IF De Vries wants to be there. This is really all contingent on what happens with Gasly, Alpine, and AT. If Gasly signs to Alpine, then there will be an open seat at AT which De Vries looks to be the prime candidate for (and with advancement options and a slightly better car, De Vries will probably sign). If Gasly doesn't go to Alpine, there's no seat at AT, then De Vries will more than likely go to Williams.

Honestly, Williams probably need time to explore their options, waiting for Sargeant is a bonus - because while they have Sargeant, they also have several, non-rookie options (Schumacher, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg) available for next season that they'd more than likely at least want to have a chat with before committing to any one driver (if De Vries isn't signing).

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u/Peeche94 Lando Norris 13d ago

Yeah that's true. I thought silly season was over, then Monza happened and we're back. I didn't even think of AT, Alpine and the Haas dilemma. It'll be a fun few weeks/months.

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u/Vuinen 13d ago

There are rumors of him going to AT tho

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u/Carmillawoo Andretti Global 13d ago

De Vries is basically confirmed for Alpha Tauri.

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u/HnNaldoR 13d ago

It's just so weird. Isn't the idea for AT to be a training ground for a junior. NdV is oldish and yes he showed he is quick in the one race he was in. But that was a track that Williams was expected to excel in. He crushed his team mate but that was the dude that is by far considered the worst on the grid.

So, why bother with NdV in AT unless they think yuki is the future and NdV is a good benchmark and teammate.

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u/KlossN Spa 2021 Swimming Champion 13d ago

You answered your own question

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u/Drunkdoggie 13d ago edited 13d ago

AT isn't necessarily a training ground for junior drivers. It's a training ground for potential future Red Bull drivers.

De Vries might be a couple years older than some other drivers on the grid but he also brings experience as a former F2 and Formula E champion.

It might be that RB sees potential in de Vries as a future replacement for Checo but they want to test the waters before they commit to de Vries as a RB driver.

RB won't put him in an RB seat until checo's contract is finished anyway, so in the meantime AT might be a good place for de Vries to show he's got what it takes to be a RB driver in the future.

Aside from that I think it's better for RB to aquire de Vries now and test him for a couple years at AT than if de Vries signs with another team and RB has to try to snatch him up a couple years down the road.

Granted, Nyck's last F1 performance was helped by the track being in Williams favor, and his teammate being the worst on the grid. But to me the most important part of his race result was that he showed teams that he can perform under stress and adapt to ad hoc situations.

E.g. getting good results while driving two different cars in one weekend, and performing well in a car that wasn't properly set up for him.

The importance of these feats shouldn't be underestimated imo.

Edit: wording.

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u/Fetch1965 Formula 1 13d ago

I reckon Ricciardo will be in Williams.

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u/portajohnjackoff 13d ago

#2 for RB to #2 for Williams

Talk about falling from grace

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u/Fetch1965 Formula 1 13d ago

Yep, shoulda stayed at Red Bull

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u/Thuasne 13d ago

I think this is gonna be super interesting because I can see any combination of driver and seat between AT, Alpine, Williams, de Vries, Gasly and Schumacher.

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u/3tenthsfaster Michael Schumacher 13d ago

This to the surprise of absolutely no one. I like the guy but he just wasn't good enough for F1.

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u/KassXWolfXTigerXFox Marussia 13d ago

I'm surprised. Not because I thought he was much better than we thought, but because I didn't think Williams would risk losing his dad's money

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u/JedGamesTV Honda 13d ago

they’re fine now, if it was a couple years ago, then they would crumble.

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u/TellMe2GetOffReddit- Mohammed Ben Sulayem 13d ago

I don't think they need it anymore. They haven't needed it for a few years now, the business is in a far better state thanks to contracts outside of F1.

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u/summercampcounselor 13d ago

Do we think it’s safe to say that thanks to F1’s recent meteoric rise in popularity, and thus increased profitability, we may see a lot fewer pay drivers in the future?

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u/TellMe2GetOffReddit- Mohammed Ben Sulayem 13d ago

I'd certainly hope so. Backmarkers have always been short on cash and relied on backmarkers but the costcap plus F1's increased exposure will certainly help when it comes to getting bigger paying sponsors.

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u/Ereaser Charlie Whiting 13d ago

They also ditched some unprofitable parts iirc.

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u/TellMe2GetOffReddit- Mohammed Ben Sulayem 13d ago

Yea they sold off the hybrid engineering division. Bit of a shame as it's now used in all kinds of applications. Loads of busses across the UK have their flywheel generators installed, but guess they were strapped for cash and needed an injection of funds.

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u/Beavers4beer Red Bull 13d ago

Idk why people keeps saying that. Capito said months ago they don't need pay drivers anymore. Now at least it'll finally be put to rest with Latifi officially being dropped.

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u/13247586 13d ago

I misread and thought you said “don’t pay drivers anymore” and I was like “huh, that’s not a very good way to retain drivers.”

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u/oKoen 13d ago

He has quite a lot of shit to endure. Hope he finds enjoyment in what he does next

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u/FuckTheFireflies Daniel Ricciardo 13d ago

Retired at 27 with billions in family money. I think he’ll be fine

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u/CanISayThat22 13d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome LOVE!

He's still a human. And all the slander and hatred hurts a man, even with money.

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u/metrodome93 Haas 13d ago Helpful Wholesome

It's true but if you decide you want to pay your way into a sport where you are in the spotlight of an audience of millions of dedicated fans, drastically underperform and stick around solely because you pay millions of dollars to be there while more capable drivers sit on the sidelines, you are inviting scrutiny. He put him self in this situation.

Apart from the Abu Dhabi situation in which he got clearly abused, he's deserved all the criticism he gets for being one of the worst f1 drivers of the last decade and someone who has absolutely no right to a seat.

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u/RupeyDoop 13d ago

Absolutely right. There should be no criticism of him as a person, however him having a seat is just another example of money being more important than getting a skilled and deserving driver for a seat.

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u/34jacknif3 Nigel Mansell 13d ago

There's a reason why F1 is such an expensive sport. These pay drivers might not deserve their seats on merit, but they are literally pumping the team with cash, which they will spend on a good driver and the rest will go into car development.

Morally speaking yes it's true he doesn't deserve a seat, but financially speaking people like him are necessary for the sport.

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u/RDC123 13d ago

I guess the question is how do you define ‘deserve’ when it comes to an F1 seat. If the seat doesn’t exist without your capital do you deserve it? The direct financing aspect of F1 makes it such a unique situation relative to almost all other sports.

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u/67triumphGT6 13d ago

That’s because money (car) is way more important than the driver will ever be in F1. Sure Latifi sucks, but Williams as a whole would be performing worse without Latifis money.

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u/TellMe2GetOffReddit- Mohammed Ben Sulayem 13d ago

Yup spot on. He's a lovely chap, but not good enough for F1. Criticising mediocre drivers who are only there because they paid is fine IMO as long as its not a personal attack.

The Abu Dhabi attacks were not ok in the slightest.

His money was obviously welcome as it kept Williams afloat somewhat, but as soon as they no longer relied on it he should've been dropped.

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u/CanISayThat22 13d ago

Ofcourse he deverses criticism and its justified. But I specifically mentioned slander and hatred. I mean Reddit is already pretty bad and this platform gets heavily moderated. Imagine what social media produces.

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u/ocelotrevs 13d ago

If I was in the position to pay for my child to be a F1 driver, you better believe I'd be doing that with zero hesitation.

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u/second-last-mohican 13d ago

This, his dad is a huge motorsport fan as well, probably pushed his son into it because he never had the chance (moved to Canada at 15 with no money) Owned a big chuck of McLaren, and then Williams, in fact loamed Williams quite a bit of Capital.

And you want your son to do well, and dont know how good/bad he is until he gets the seat. Latifi Snr may still keep involved in f1 in some aspect i think.

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u/dudeialmosthadu 13d ago

Michael Latifi Sr inherited his father’s already successful meat distribution company and then married the daughter of a billionaire. Not exactly a “pull up your boot straps” self-made guy.

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u/MathMaddox 13d ago

He pulled himself up from his fathers meat straps

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u/shewy92 Haas 13d ago

being one of the worst f1 drivers of the last decade

Wut? There are a fuck ton of worse drivers than him this decade. Dude has scored points, has a couple 11th places, and isn't too far off the pace.

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u/FavaWire Hesketh 13d ago edited 13d ago

Latifi being within 107% of Max or Lewis means he was "good enough to qualify". F1 has definitely seen worse.

In 1994, pay driver Jean Denis-Delatraz set a whole slew of dubious records in a single race meet. At the Australian Grand Prix, Delatraz was lapped a record 10 times by driving 6 seconds a lap slower than the leader and 2 seconds a lap slower than his teammate.

That's a level I think we will never see again.

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u/picheezy Honda 13d ago

1994 was 28 years ago

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u/vafunghoul127 Carlos Sainz 13d ago

The 90's really was the heyday of pay drivers. Bunch of rich dudes would just buy older F1 cars so they could say they were in the race when they had no shot of winning.

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u/Apokolypze 13d ago

When did we go from within the last decade to 1994

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u/Ikeeel Ferrari 13d ago

People hate him?

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u/PapaStoner 13d ago

Had death threat on him last year.

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u/mhac009 13d ago

Woody Harrison crying gif

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u/nap27er Fernando Alonso 13d ago

i dont think he competed for money

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u/ClippingTetris 13d ago

Maybe next to IndyCar. Don’t see him getting into FE likely, he can promote Sofina on North American shores.

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u/phyllicanderer Denny Hulme 13d ago

Foyt Racing will be making his phone run hot for that sweet cash

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u/wcpm88 Juan Pablo Montoya 13d ago

Two friendly Canadian rich kids bringing up the rear and keeping my childhood hero's family teams afloat?! Sign me up!

/s sorta

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u/Zed_or_AFK Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

He "beat" F1-Jeesus on points last year. And we are about to witness F1-Jeesus' third coming.

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u/CogencyWJ Formula 1 13d ago

Yeah, absolutely bonkers.

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u/ptl89 Charles Leclerc 13d ago

Proving nice guys finish last.

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u/BlackLeader70 Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

Well, second to last.

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u/ReginaMark too.......pls mods 13d ago

but he just wasn't good enough for F1.

By a LONG shot

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u/Bontypower17 Yuki Tsunoda 13d ago

Being outqualified and outraced by a guy who wasn’t even supposed to be racing that weekend absolutely sealed his demise.

The only good thing I can say about his career: At least he wasn’t as shit as Mazepin

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u/camdenlex Max Verstappen 13d ago

Both in racing terms and well being a decent human being

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u/rclonecopymove 13d ago

Pretty low bar. Who amongst us can't say we're not in the business of propping up a megalomaniac and his regime or has never finished last in an F1 race?

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u/SimplyRitzy 13d ago

low bar yeah but latifi was genuinely a kind hearted mf. so at least he was well above said bar.

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u/SirDoDDo Ferrari 13d ago

Even if he was as shit as Mazepin he still had the... you know, being a decent person thing

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u/LuNiK7505 Fernando Alonso 13d ago

Latifi was maybe a mediocre driver but as a person he was absolutely stellar

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u/TerribleNameAmirite Kimi Räikkönen 13d ago

He’s not dead you know

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u/7screws Love Is Love 13d ago

RIP Goatifi 🥲

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u/RedLightning27 Daniel Ricciardo 13d ago

He's up there with Wade Boggs now...

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u/LabPotential5748 Daniel Ricciardo 13d ago

Again Wade Boggs is still alive

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u/Defero-Mundus 13d ago

Godspeed boggsy 😓

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u/Additional-Attempt41 13d ago

Ah, Wade Boggs. Goes down smooth.

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u/7screws Love Is Love 13d ago

I once heard a story that Goatifi downed 300 cans of maple syrup on a cross country flight!

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u/MrTeamKill 13d ago

He is a decent guy.

Not the most talented driver, but I can see him habing success in other categories such as WEC.

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u/J_Butler99 Sir Lewis Hamilton 13d ago

It was overdue. Seemed a nice guy who never got into any issues, but he just wasnt good enough for the sport. Still got a longer career than most though.

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u/mr-mobius Ferrari 13d ago

Wish him the best in whatever racing series he decides to end up in. While Formula 1 may have been a step above his skill level, he still has 3 seasons and points. He could find a successful career in WEC with a GTE or LMP2 team, or somewhere like IndyCar. He's a nice guy so hopefully not the last we'll see of him.

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u/BigSlav667 Charles Leclerc 13d ago

I hope he enters GTWC

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u/marakeh Fernando Alonso 13d ago

The end of an era.

Thank you for all the memories Goatifi.

It's time for Williams to dominate the midfield in 2023.

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u/gham89 McLaren 13d ago

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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u/bonko86 13d ago

Im crying because it happened

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u/baitking69 13d ago

Yep, that sounds about right

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u/Leo_o3o 13d ago

Tears of joy no doubt

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u/Apocalypseos Red Bull 13d ago

First Mazepin, now Goatifi? If Stroll leaves we'll run out of guys to make fun of...

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u/exosph 13d ago

Ferrari doing a good stop of filing the role so far

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u/baitking69 13d ago

U forget Ferrari Pitwall?

Have you forgotten about Alpine team management?

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u/midniteauth0r Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

All jokes aside Nicky seems like a great guy and he is still a talented driver who can do well in another series which I’m sure he will be looking to do

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u/Crippled_Potato 13d ago

I can see him in an LMP2 drive in WEC, with a similar level to someone like Roberto Merhi.

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u/gsurfer04 David Coulthard 13d ago

Roberto Merhi.

What a guy!

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u/cookiejay Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

smoke me a kipper!

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u/Macktologist Lando Norris 12d ago

Anyone that can drive an F1 car at top speed around an F1 track and be within 4 seconds of the best in the world is still one of the best in the world. Just not one of the 20 best in the world. The guy has major talent, just not relatively speaking amongst the best F1 drivers. We should keep that in mind.

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u/Fadeley 13d ago

What’s there that can be said about Nicholas Latifi’s F1 career except that he was one of the drivers of all time?

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u/bisbomdur Red Bull 13d ago

Goatifi, the name itself is enough.

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u/marcio0 George Russell 13d ago

when he got into the car, man, he would accelerate, and sometimes break too

he did the turns like any other driver

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u/Alternative_Fun2943 John Watson 13d ago

Not one but 2 🐐🐐🐐🐐 leaving? What a shit season

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u/Ascarea Ferrari 13d ago

4 titles between them, too

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u/ComparisonPlus5196 Max Verstappen 13d ago

Might as well include Ricciardo in those 4 titles. Since he himself stated their are 7 world titles between Seb, Lewis, and Himself on stage during that press conference years ago.

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u/Yweain Yuki Tsunoda 13d ago

And now it’s 11 titles, it’s great to see how much Ricciardo managed to accomplish.

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u/KaamDeveloper Max Verstappen 13d ago

Can't wait to hear Alonso's announcement to join Williams, tomorrow.

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u/TellMe2GetOffReddit- Mohammed Ben Sulayem 13d ago

El slow

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u/nopp McLaren 13d ago

Does this mean stroll is gonna get the double down hate

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u/Chachapoia Jaguar 13d ago

Not if Mazepin gets the Williams Seat.

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u/nopp McLaren 13d ago

I don’t think he’ll ever be back on the grid

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u/vafunghoul127 Carlos Sainz 13d ago

One can dream...

We will always need a terrible driver to make fun of. Mazepin was the greatest driver we've had in that regard for the past decade. A generational talent.

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u/gsurfer04 David Coulthard 13d ago

He's currently sanctioned, so no dice.

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u/Chachapoia Jaguar 13d ago

Never say never, it would be a surprise, but not a welcome one.

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u/salcedoge Max Verstappen 13d ago

Stroll gets more hate despite Latifi being the worst driver in the grid by a mile already so yeah

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u/EcoterroristThot Alpine 13d ago

Obviously always the worst non-Mazepin driver on the grid, but I think he got slightly worse this year than last one, which is a shame. Maybe it is just that Haas making him seem better in my eyes but I'd like to think my brain factored it in.

Excited to see who Williams brings in for the fight against AM, Haas and Alpha Tauri.

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u/ItsBarney01 Romain Grosjean 13d ago

Damn he's really going to mercedes this soon? Thought Hamilton would stick it out for a few more years...

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u/starmonkart Esteban Ocon 13d ago

Will miss u 🐐

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u/Freefight Red Bull 13d ago

Truly a championship deceider.

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u/IndycarFan64 Brawn 13d ago

One of the cautions in F1 history

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u/Rosieu Spyder 13d ago

The Glock of the 20s, he will be missed 🐐

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u/Claudiu99 Ferrari 13d ago Wholesome Starry

End of an error

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u/Alpha_Jazz Yuki Tsunoda 13d ago

Nah they knew what they were getting in for, they got their money which is the only reason he was there

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u/IanZG Michael Schumacher 13d ago

Yeah, nothing wrong with that relationship, he wasn't as bad a personality as Mazepin and managed to pick up a few points. Hope he finds a series where he can be more competitive.

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u/kai325d Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

He can go to LMP2 and GTE Am and be the best gentlemen driver instantly

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u/TetraDax Niki Lauda 13d ago

nothing wrong with that relationship

I mean, from a position that cares about the health and excitement of the sport, there absolutely were quite a few things wrong with that relationship. None of that is the fault of Williams though, who have to play the game they take part in; and especially not the fault of Latifi who took an opportunity to fulfill his lifes dream.

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u/Woody312 13d ago

If Williams leaves because of money problems isn’t rhat bad for the health of the sport. If his money saved their asses and allowed them to develop cars that at least the other driver can race, how was it bad? Ideally these drivers rescue the teams in dire straits but then get pushed out when the team doesn’t need them any more, like Haas.

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u/IanZG Michael Schumacher 13d ago

Fair enough, meant more as in "nothing wrong with a team needing money to take on a pay driver". In an ideal world, they would all be here on merit, but I'd take a few pay drivers instead of a team not being able to participate.

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u/cdj18862 McLaren 13d ago

It's wild to me that so few people look at the bigger picture like this. People hate on Latifi while ignoring that buying your way in only works when a team needs the money. We can act like he was preventing a more talented driver from racing, but we have no idea where Williams would have been the last few years without that money.

The IndyCar comparison with Jimmie Johnson is there, although that team's been quite transparent that he funded a new seat that wouldn't exist without him.

If we want the FIA to be serious about preventing the Latifis and Mazepins of the world from racing (because obviously the super license system isn't doing it), then it will take some serious changes to the sport to control costs.

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u/Zed_or_AFK Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

Second fastest money bag.

GOATifis legacy will be hard to beat. Two seasons finishing as nr. 21 between 20 drivers.

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u/secretlives 13d ago

No one has scored less and decided more

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u/UsernameSchonWeg Green Flag 13d ago

We also do have a bit of recency bias, Latifi wasn’t nearly as terrible before the new 2022 cars as he is now. He wasn’t great at all but at least somewhat okay before 22. Now he just looks hopeless.

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u/across32 Ferrari 13d ago

I disagree, you've got a really low bar for "somewhat okay".

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u/Bezulba Max Verstappen 13d ago

Wasn't an error when it was the only thing keeping Williams afloat.

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u/Rdtackle82 Netflix Newbie 13d ago

He will go down in history as one of the drivers of F1

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u/CaptainKursk Zhou Guanyu 13d ago

And the crowd goes mild.

Lovely person I'm sure, but not cut out for F1. Could see him in Indycar perhaps

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u/djwillis1121 Williams 13d ago

I reckon he could be decent in sports cars

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u/ArbitraryOrder Red Bull 13d ago

Like he clearly has some talent but F1 is a step above, I'd love to see what he could do in another category

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u/djwillis1121 Williams 13d ago

Yeah something like WEC could be a good fit for him

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u/Joseki100 Fernando Alonso 13d ago

He would be a good fit for a private LMH or as the pro driver in a LMP2 team.

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u/Robodachi 13d ago

Bro Indy is just as cutthroat as F1, no way.

He's got a way better shot in GTs, where there are various tiers people can compete in.

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u/toefungi Yuki Tsunoda 13d ago

He would get destroyed in Indycar imo.

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u/KayNynYoonit Alexander Albon 13d ago

Yeah I think that too. Grosjean has yet to win, Latifi has no hope lol.

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u/MaryGoldflower Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

Im shocked!

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u/high_altitude Lotus 13d ago

Fails to score points in the last 26 races. >Refuses to elaborate further. >Leaves.

The GOAT.

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u/Carsonjonesoda 13d ago

Would you care to elaborate?

No

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u/FallaciousRationale Sir Lewis Hamilton 13d ago

He looks like a nice dude but he wasn't consistently quick enough to stay in F1. Hope he succeeds in other series.

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u/InhaledPack5 Fernando Alonso 13d ago

o7

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u/GetawayArtiste **** Them All 13d ago

Oh no my favourite Canadian Billionaire's son in F1. How long will I have to wait for another perfect storm of circumstances?

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u/AwesomeWaiter Lance Stroll 13d ago

There’s only room for one Canadian billionaires son in this sport chump

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u/DannyDavincito Carlos Sainz 13d ago

he's not even my favorite canadian billionaire's son on the grid lmao

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u/AzorAhai96 13d ago

"I understand that, without my agreement, Williams F1 have put out a press release late this afternoon that I am not driving for them next year. This is wrong and I have signed a contract with Williams for 2023. I will be driving for Williams next year."

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u/R9D11 13d ago

Looking at the grid at the start of 2022 and the beginning of 2023,we probably lose Latifi and Mazepin on the one hand and Vettel and Ricciardo on the other. Formula 1 perfectly balanced like all things should be...

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u/Nexusu Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

Oh no!

Anyway…

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u/XNights Yuki Tsunoda 13d ago edited 13d ago

Oh shit, who will take his place then?

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u/dm17b123 13d ago edited 13d ago

De Vries, Sargeant (if he gets his SL), Mick or potentially Doohan as an outside possibility (on loan from Alpine) are the names I’ve seen mentioned most frequently

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u/Fetch1965 Formula 1 13d ago

Yeah love to see Doohan but it won’t be Williams or 2023…. Could be proven wrong but I’ll stick to my opinion. Could be DR - he does still have some podiums to be had and Williams need to get back to top of constructors

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u/Chesey_ 13d ago

I mean it's gotta be De Vries, Mick or Danny Ric right?

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u/grabdatgram Alexander Albon 13d ago

Could be Sargeant, if they wanna capitalize on Herta not getting in. Provided he gets the superlicense of course

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u/shreychopra Max Verstappen 13d ago

Nyck, Mick or Ric has a nice ring to it

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u/The_mystery4321 Sergio Pérez 13d ago

Sargeant would be a more likely option than Ric or Mick so it's really gonna depend on who Alpine sign. If Alpine sign Gasly, De Vries goes to AT and Sargeant goes to Williams. If Alpine sign anyone else then Gasly stays at AT and Williams sign De Vries and Sargeant continues developing in F2. Just my thoughts.

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u/jaydec02 Pirelli Wet 13d ago

I don’t think Sargeant gets a call up. He won’t get a super license until after the finale in Abu Dhabi (and even still, he need not bottle it or he won’t have one), and I strongly doubt Williams is waiting until November to possibly not even fill a seat

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u/AdrianInLimbo Alain Prost 13d ago

Sargeant solves the "problem" of there not being an American in F1, so....

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u/RallerZZ Kimi Räikkönen 13d ago

My time has come.

If Latifi could drive for them, so can I.

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u/TotalBrisqueT Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

Oh shit, you also the son of a billionaire?

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u/Uneeda_smeck 13d ago

This makes sense, finally.

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u/Vindoga Kimi Räikkönen 13d ago

Wen Ricciardo

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u/daaniscool McLaren 13d ago

How dare they replace the 1st man in Silverstone FP1!!! I wonder who will replace him though since de Vries likely will go to AT.

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u/_Windows_95 13d ago

About bloody time

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u/supotnak Charles Leclerc 13d ago

Good luck Nicky. He might not have been good enough for F1 but I hope he do well in other motorsports. Dude is still a hella nice guy.

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u/f1careerover 13d ago

The dude still got to have a fun hobby for a few years.

He will still have a better life than 99.99% of people.

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u/-VRX Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

As Jost said earlier this week, Abu dhabi changed Latifi, he lost a lot confidence after the controversy. Martin Brundle also said that Latifi wasn't doing that badly before 2021, he wasn't actually that bad he was out-qualifying Russell sometimes.

This season he really was crushed by his teammate, drove horrible. As Williams I can understand the decision. Nevertheless, the hate is unacceptable.

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u/f10101 Kamui Kobayashi 13d ago

Yeah. I think he consistently harnessed 100% of his ability in 2020 and 2021. He was way better than it looked like he'd be from F2.

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u/Seright22 Daniel Ricciardo 13d ago

Pour one out for the GOAT

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u/StartingToLoveIMSA 13d ago

Helen Keller saw that coming....

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u/ArcticBP Burristroll if it’s still possible! 13d ago

I guess we know that Alfa’s big announcement next week is about…

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u/Silly-Requirement407 13d ago

He decided a championship!

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u/great__pretender Sebastian Vettel 13d ago

As far as the oay drivers go, he was at least a decent human being. We have had Mazepin.

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u/Boatstory 13d ago

I think it’s 100% probable that Redbull drops Checo to pick him up. It’s not often you have a free agent with such a bright future ahead of him.

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u/dk240996 Robert Kubica 13d ago

A few seasons too late-ifi.

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u/RedditDan00 Michael Schumacher 13d ago

I beg, please give Mick a seat 🙏 😭

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