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Alex Albon has emerged as one of the revelations of the 2022 season, securing three valuable points for the struggling Williams team. 

Despite the opportunity of a new regulation change, Williams finds themselves in territory that has become familiar over the past half-decade... the back of the grid.

In spite of the FW13's quite disappointing pace, Williams has shown they are capable of fighting for points finishes relatively consistently.


Alex Albon's performances have demonstrated a combination of different attributes, including consistent race pace and impressive tyre management. With two top 10 finishes in the first five races, Williams could claw themselves back into contention for higher positions in the constructors' standings with some effective upgrades. 

However, upgrades will likely prove insufficient if they cannot address another issue at the team. An underperforming driver. 

Before highlighting Nicholas Latifi's recent struggles, it is important to highlight his contribution to the team last season. Latifi by no means set the F1 world alight last season, and was objectively among the field's weaker drivers. 

However, the Canadian at least showed glimpses of speed, as evidenced by his quite impressive performance at last year's Italian GP, which was - ironically - not rewarded with points as a result of an untimely safety car. 

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Still, Latifi's points in Hungary - however circumstantial - proved enough to secure his position at Williams for 2022. 

While I feel it important to recognise Latifi is not all bad, the reality is that his occasional respectable performances do not compensate for his fundamental lack of speed. 

Many will cite his campaigns in Formula 2 as an early sign of this, where Latifi failed to take the championship in his numerous seasons in the feeding series. 

This apparent lack of pace continued in his first two F1 seasons, where Latifi ended up on the worse end of a somewhat embarrassing qualifying head-to-head with teammate George Russell. 

Going into 2022, there were hopes that Latifi could establish himself as a competent driver at Williams. His experience in the team, it was often argued, would make Latifi an important part of the development of the Grove-based team ahead of the 2022 regulation change. 

Reality has been very different, with Albon comprehensively battering Latifi in both qualifying and race-trim. Bahrain, Jeddah and Australia all saw Latifi suffer especially hefty deficits in qualifying, with Albon's mechanical failure in Imola likely saving the Canadian from another unflattering qualifying comparison. 

The Miami GP was his most respectable qualifying session, but even then he was behind his Thai counterpart, who comprehensively shamed Latifi in race, with a far superior pace, which was rewarded with an eventual P9 finish. 

Where does this leave Latifi? The sponsors he brings to the team have no doubt played an important role in the financial survival of Williams, whose difficulties in this area are well documented.

Still, the arrival of new owners (and the implementation of a budget cap) will surely negate the team's reliance on Latifi's financial assets. 

Though a mid-season swap seems an unlikely proposition, Nicholas Latifi's days in F1 look to be numbered.