Jost Capito has insisted the Williams group are nonetheless proper behind Nicholas Latifi regardless of his dismal begin to the season.
Nothing has gone proper for Latifi in Method 1 from the second he crashed in final December’s Abu Dhabi finale, unwittingly triggering essentially the most controversial finish to a season for a few years and receiving a backlash on social media for the half he had performed within the World Championship consequence.
And this marketing campaign has thus far been a continuation of the Canadian driver’s troubles with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix a selected low, for he hit the wall once more twice to exit each qualifying and the race.
One of many two common drivers on the grid to not have scored a degree in 2022 as but, the opposite being Mick Schumacher, Latifi has already discovered himself struggling to match the tempo of his team-mate Alex Albon – who solely joined Williams this season.
Latifi is in his third yr with the group and scored his first factors for them in 2021 by ending seventh in Hungary and ninth on the rain-curtailed Belgian Grand Prix.
There have been ideas that regardless of the sizeable sponsorship funding he brings from his father Michael’s meals firm Sofina, the 26-year-old’s place on the grid may very well be essentially the most perilous – with Sky F1 broadcaster Ted Kravitz having revealed a hearsay that Williams may very well be taking a look at a ‘mortgage’ deal for Alpine academy prospect Oscar Piastri for 2023.
Nonetheless, Williams group principal Jost Capito says Latifi retains their full backing.
“Yeah, in fact, I feel it’s a heads sport, isn’t it? He’s succesful to drive very quick and do the identical lap instances as Alex if he’s in the proper place, I’m certain,” mentioned Capito.
“The vehicles are a bit harder and trickier to drive than final yr’s automobile and he has to get his head round it and he will get the total help from the group.
“And no, in fact, if in case you have a few offs that makes…it’s a must to battle once more the arrogance then, however he’ll get the total help of the group and we’re certain he’ll get there.”
Requested if his crashes are enjoying on Latifi’s thoughts, the German added: “No…it’s troublesome to say.
“I feel what impacted him most final yr was the feedback and the threats on social media the place we helped him to recover from that.
“And assume, in fact, if he had these incidents for a few instances that as talked about earlier than, it’s not simply boosting his confidence however we attempt to enhance his confidence, we work with him and I feel he’s getting higher on that.
“He has to study that and I feel he’s on a great way.”