Why it doesn’t matter that Williams’ Nicholas Latifi is an F1 paying driver

Nicholas Latifi is a paid driver in Formula One – but it’s an unfair label the Canadian has earned simply because he’s not popular in certain areas of social media.

A paid driver in Formula 1 is someone who brings in money to drive in the series – or indeed any series on the planet.

They have been part of F1 history, are part of it now and will continue to be involved in driving Grand Prix cars in the future.

A current wage driver in Formula 1 is Williams Nicholas Latifi – who had quite a hot weekend at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

But it doesn’t matter that Latifi is a wage-earner — a label he’s earned simply because he’s not revered by certain aspects of social media.

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Nicholas Latifi pays the driver

At the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Nicholas Latifi crashed at Turn 13 in qualifying and then again in the race at the last corner – causing the safety car to be deployed.

It was also the Canadian who crashed and came out on lap 53 of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that security car.

The number 6 driver brings Williams a huge kitten thanks to billionaire father Michael and is now in his third F1 season – having made his debut in 2020.

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Latifi is a very good racing driver – you have to be that to get close to Formula 1.

He won six races during his time in Formula 2 – and finished second behind Nyck de Vries in 2019. Latifi is not a chump.

But after his poor weekend in Jeddah and the crash that involved the safety car, Nicholas Latifi was treated cruelly on social media, in part for being a paid driver.

A quick search for “Latifi” on a social media app that includes birds saw messages criticizing him – mostly from people who had never been near a 1000hp race car and had no idea where they should start.

Nicholas Latifi may be a paid driver in Formula 1 – but as history shows us, that’s how some of the greats started.

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10 world championships by paid drivers

Perhaps the most famous drivers in Formula 1 are Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher.

That’s 116 Grand Prix victories and 10 World Championships.

Lauda got his break as a hired driver after taking out bank loans to fund uncompetitive machines before catching the attention of Enzo Ferrari in 1974.

Schumacher was a paid driver when he debuted for Jordan at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix – before being signed by Benneton for the next race.

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Nobody seems to mention them when it comes to paid drivers – it always seems to be the ones who might have problems.

Even the likes of Yuki Tsuonda, Mick Schumacher (yes, even him) and Zhou Guanyu can be seen as wage drivers in 2022.

Nicholas Latifi is unlikely to really make the F1 world shine and become a multiple Grand Prix winner or contend for a World Championship.

However, he’s a reliable, solid option for Williams – who’s capable of delivering results.

Let’s not forget, it was he who ended Williams’ points drought at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix – with that social media darling George Russell finishing behind his teammate on the day.

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