Williams has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will leave the team at the end of the current F1 season.
The Canadian rider is unlikely to stay with the team for several months.
Dutch driver Nick de Vries, who replaced Latifi’s ailing teammate Alex Albon at the Italian Grand Prix and scored points in his debut, is a strong candidate for the spot, though Alpine and AlphaTauri are also interested in his services for 2023.
American driver Logan Sargent, the winner of this season’s Formula 2 races and a member of the Williams academy, is known to be a popular candidate for the team.
Sargent will take part in Team Williams Friday practice ahead of the US Grand Prix next month.
Latifi has been with Williams since 2020, and his sponsors bring the team significant money, and in that time he has scored seven championship points.
Latifi said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Williams Racing – all the people at the factory and those I work with on the track – for the last three years. My first F1 debut was delayed due to the pandemic, but we ended up going to Austria and although together we didn’t get the results we had hoped for, it was still a fantastic journey.
“Getting those first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget and I will move on to the next chapter of my career with special memories of my time with this dedicated team. I know that none of us will stop investing until the end of the season.”
Williams boss Jost Captio said: “On behalf of the entire team, I would like to say a huge thank you to Nicholas for his three years of hard work with Williams. He is a great team player who treats his colleagues and work very well and is loved and respected in the business.
“Our time together is coming to an end, but I know he will do his best to maximize what we can do together until the end of this season. We wish him all the best in his future, both in and out of the cockpit.”