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F1 | Latifi denies feeling extra pressure with De Vries as his teammate at Monza: “It’s more of a perception”

Williams’ driver Nicholas Latifi comments the pressure of De Vries presence, lack of performance, and his feelings about Singapore.

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F1 | Latifi denies feeling extra pressure with De Vries as his teammate at Monza: “It’s more of a perception”
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The Italian Grand Prix for the Williams’ driver Nicholas Latifi was another try in vain. Starting in 10th position due to grid penalties of other drivers, he finished 14th, once again not scoring a point. Super sub Nyck de Vries finished P9 in the other Williams.

At the end of the race, at the microphones of MotorLAT and other media outlets, different topics were discussed with the Canadian driver.

The first question was about the presence of de Vries replacing Alex Albon, who was in hospital for appendicitis.

The 2021 Formula E World Champion out-qualified Latifi during Saturday's qualifying and finished the race ahead of his teammate, earning two points. When Latifi was asked if he felt extra pressure because of his presence, he commented “it’s more of a perception”.

The Canadian continued on to talk about how this track was one that suited Williams more, due to their lack of downforce.

“We knew there was gonna be an opportunity with the car slightly more suited to this track.”

“And as I say this track highlights less of the weaknesses of the car, and obviously with the grid penalties and what not we were gonna gain a few places, but it just all came undone in the first corner really.”

Nine drivers were given place drops or a back of the grid start for penalties due to various component changes. Asked if in his opinion this was the best chance to score points in 2022, the Canadian driver replied:

“Realistically yeah, I mean not much because of the track, but I think I won’t be very surprised if I see another five, six cars, or probably even more than it was taking grid penalties, but in terms of a car, the track let's say suiting, I mean... yeah.

"We have no downforce, this track you require the least downforce.”

For the Williams driver it will also be the first time at Marina Bay. Speaking of his feelings about the Singapore Grand Prix, he said:

“I am excited to go there. I have heard a lot of good things about the race, the event, the track.

"I’ve driven it in the simulator. I think it’s probably gonna be one of the worst track for us in the calendar to be honest. High downforce, very bumpy - all the things are car is not good at."

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