Latifi: IndyCar contract discuss “humorous”, denies rumours of swap - Motor Informed

Latifi: IndyCar contract discuss “humorous”, denies rumours of swap

The 2019 Method 2 championship runner-up was told by Williams in September that he wouldn’t be retained after three seasons of racing with the workforce.

The 27-year-old Canadian has since been linked to numerous IndyCar drives, together with to the seat left vacant at Chip Ganassi Racing by the retirement of Jimmie Johnson from full-time racing.

However forward of the US Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, Latifi mentioned that he had but to resolve which collection he’ll race in subsequent yr, not to mention for which workforce.

“Truthfully, I’m nonetheless not dedicated to something,” he mentioned. 

“I haven’t signed something, I’m nonetheless not any additional alongside in having concrete information to share.

“I noticed the information over the previous days that I’ve already signed a contract to race in IndyCar, which I discovered just a little bit humorous.

“However I’ve spoken to a couple completely different groups in numerous classes and I’ve nonetheless not mentioned to myself, ‘OK, it’s this or nothing’-type factor. So there’s nonetheless a variety of issues which might be up within the air.

“In a manner it’s a bit… annoying isn’t the phrase, however clearly most of my focus continues to be on ending off the remainder of the yr on as excessive notice as doable and finish this chapter with Williams on the constructive facet.

“Clearly a variety of different collection have been completed now for fairly some time and issues transfer quick in motorsport and it’s a time when everybody needs to get their drivers and conditions sorted as quickly as doable.

“It nonetheless was probably not been that way back that I formally discovered [I was being released]… It was simply earlier than Singapore.

“So yeah, there’s nonetheless some discussions ongoing however nothing able to announce.”

Nicholas Latifi, Williams Racing FW44

Nicholas Latifi, Williams Racing FW44

Picture by: Williams

Latifi mentioned he had no desire relating to which collection he’ll race in, including: “I’m not simply system automobiles but additionally endurance racing. I’m not, ‘100 p.c I need to do that championship or this championship.’

“It’s simply sort of listening to and attempting to grasp what’s the scenario for groups and championships, what which may appear to be for me and my life as properly for the longer term.

“I have to decide for myself after which slender in on that.”

Nevertheless, he did concede that after racing “troublesome” Williams automobiles for 3 years, the truth that IndyCar runs spec Dallara chassis is considered one of US open-wheel racing’s main points of interest.

“Sure, it’s undoubtedly one of many appeals of the collection,” he agreed.

“Clearly, spec racing, everybody has extra of an equal alternative. It’s one thing that little doubt I’ve been lacking the previous few years.

“Every so often we’re able the place we’re barely extra aggressive for a race and we would have a number of on-track battles, however clearly we’re not doing that in each race – most of the time, that’s not the case.

“In order that for positive is what I’ve been lacking, and yeah, I’d undoubtedly be wanting ahead to that if I used to be to hitch a collection the place it’s extra equal.”

Race Start, Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Race Begin, Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Requested if he was being pulled into discussions over his future considerably sooner than he wished, and if he’d choose to attend till after the F1 season finale at Abu Dhabi, Latifi replied: “If it was as much as me, then yeah, however clearly realistically that’s not the way in which it could actually go.

“Even in Method 1, most groups don’t wait till the final race.

“That’s the way in which motorsport is, and you’ll perceive the necessity for groups and drivers to have their futures sorted sooner somewhat than later; it’s at all times higher to be in that place.”



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