Latifi struggled to match the Mercedes certain George Russell throughout his first two seasons in F1, however within the first seven races of 2022 the Canadian additionally appeared out of kinds in comparison with his new teammate Alex Albon, who joined the workforce after a 12 months out of the class.
Latifi has but to outqualify or outrace Albon this 12 months, not helped by the truth that he is suffered a number of crashes alongside the best way.
Robson, Williams’ Head of Automobile Efficiency, thinks a common insecurity within the FW44 lays on the coronary heart of Latifi’s tough begin.
“Typically, I believe nonetheless he’s simply nonetheless missing a little bit of confidence and simply tuning the set-up to the tyres at every circuit to offer him the assured he wants,” Robson stated in Monaco.
“I believe it’s kind of of a disgrace [in Monaco qualifying], if he’d received a bit of bit extra out of FP3 then I believe Q1 would have been so much higher.
“I believe on the finish of Q1 he is a bit annoyed as a result of really he most likely had various confidence within the automobile on the finish however simply did not get the entrance finish to actually have the ability to nail it.”
Nicholas Latifi, Williams
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Robson defined Latifi’s confidence challenge was additionally associated to discovering the precise aerodynamic stability on a automobile that’s missing downforce normally.
“I believe finally in qualifying, he simply did not fairly get the arrogance to get sufficient entrance wing, so sufficient aero stability within the automobile. So I believe that was most likely what occurred right here,” Robson stated.
Latifi commented: “I believe there’s some stability points we want to enhance which might be sort of simply inherent with the automobile. However I believe going to Barcelona, it highlighted simply the shortage of downforce we do have in comparison with different automobiles.
“It is a observe the place you usually put every thing you’ve gotten on it when it comes to load. And we have been simply lacking so much within the high-speed corners, based mostly on the GPS knowledge. I believe it gave us some good instructions for the manufacturing facility and for the longer-term improvement of the automobile.”