Latifi wants to become Williams’ de facto big dog – “Need to take a leadership role”

Nicholas Latifi revealed that he wants to become a leader at Williams, saying that he is ready to become the number one driver at his team.

Latifi will enter his third season at Williams. In his first two years, he was not the main driver at the team, with that mantle belonging to George Russell. However, he learned on the job very quickly, and after two years, he has stepped up to the plate.

With the new season seeing Alex Albon being signed by Williams, the Canadian will have a new teammate. With all his learnings and his experience of two years, he wants to become the main driver over the Thai.

Latifi revealed that he wants to become a leader at Williams, saying that he feels ready to take up the role.

“It’s difficult to set targets because you don’t know where the performance of the car is going to be, so once we see how that is that will be easier to do,” he told The Race.

Nicholas Latifi putting his helmet on. Abu Dhabi December 2021
Latifi (pictured) wants to be the main man. Source: planetf1.com

“But for broader expectations, when I feel I get the maximum out of the car and the package I have, I know I can be as quick as anyone and as quick as one of the drivers I regard as the best on the grid.

“But beyond the driving, I really need to take a leadership role. It’s a new car, fresh start, the feedback will be crucial and that will be something new for me in F1 which I haven’t experienced yet.”

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“I’m under no illusion how important next year is,” he added.

“The team is in a position to make a decision on drivers just based on who they think will be the best fit.

“So I need to show them that I want to be here with the team long-term, that I’m the man for that job. I believe in my capabilities and that I can do that.”

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