In his third season of F1, Williams driver Nicholas Latifi has been consistently out-paced by his teammate Alex Albon, who joined the team this year following a year on the sidelines as Red Bull's reserve driver.
After crossing the line 16th at his home race last weekend, Latifi expressed his disappointment, saying that “there wasn’t really anything enjoyable about it.”
The Canadian has been left puzzled by the lack of performance from his car throughout the event compared to his teammate.
“We’ve been lacking so much pace right from the off,” he explained. “Low fuel, high fuel, when tyres are good, when we’re managing tyre degradation. I mean, we’re just way too far off.”
Latifi hopes that the two-week gap before the next Grand Prix at Silverstone can help him to understand the lack of performance from his machinery to this point.
“We have to use this two-week break and try to understand, see if we can find anything.”
“For me it has to be something quite fundamental because there’s no situation or condition on-track, not even when people aren’t pushing flat-out and I feel I am, that the pace is competitive. So we’ll see, try and reset going into Silverstone and go from there.”
Even though Latifi admitted he actually lacked confidence in his FW44 since the start of the year, he is convinced his problems go beyond that.
“I feel it’s far beyond the driving style issue,” he said. “For sure, at the beginning of the season, there was a part of that, you can maybe still attribute some of the lap time delta to that.
“But for me, looking far beyond that, looking far past any of the confidence limitation that I feel I was having at the beginning, the pace will just not be there. There’s situations where I just don’t feel my car is capable of doing what I see he’s doing on the data, which is not a nice feeling to be in.
“It’s a bit puzzling. So again, we’ll use this two-week break to see what we can analyse.”