Latifi, who will exit F1 at the end of the year, is contesting his first grand prix at Suzuka this weekend, and had a minor problem during the second free practice session when he spun too early for the final chicane.
Thus, Nicholas Latifi turned on the part of the track that is used for the Suzuka West circuit layout, which changes just before the Casio Triangle and connects the track with Dunlop , cutting the main straight of the F1 layout and the ‘ It’s’.
With no start, the Canadian quickly brought the Williams to a stop before spinning and rejoining the track. And he radioed his team: “I’m not sure what happened. The car… very strange, anyway, I’m fine.”
Asked by Motorsport.com what happened in the incident, Latifi admitted it was his mistake, but said the delay in his radio message being broadcast from when he actually said it made it look worse than it was.
“The radio was a little behind what was shown on television when I said that something a little strange had happened,” he explained.
“It was totally my fault, but I was getting orders from my engineer. We were supposed to go for another lap, but then we got a last minute call to pit, so I was changing something on my steering wheel, I was looking down, And when I looked up, I saw the curve that obviously wasn’t the right one.”
“Havingn’t done enough laps yet, I was getting my bearings on the track. I turned and basically it wasn’t the right-hand corner I was expecting, and because I didn’t realize right away it was a tighter corner, the car continued to understeer and continued to right”.
“I quickly got on the radio and said ‘ooh what happened there’. Then I realized it was the wrong corner and much slower, that’s what was going on! I think it was the fact that the car didn’t turn at all. At some point it was turning and then it just understeered straight ahead.”
“It was my mistake, very funny. But the radio message is a bit distorted.”
Latifi revealed that his coach made fun of him for the mistake, but he laughed, saying, “I didn’t take any damage, it’s okay!”
The Williams rider qualified last this Saturday at the Japanese GP, but was just over two tenths away from moving on to Q2 and was satisfied with his progress in practice.
“I’m happy with the improvement I’ve made from FP3 to qualifying, because it’s not an easy track to quickly adapt to in the dry, especially after only two representative laps in FP3,” he said.
“The pace of the car is tricky here, especially in the high-speed corners, but we are super fast on the straight. So if we can get between some cars tomorrow it could be interesting.”
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