Williams to hit 750 GPs milestone this weekend; Latifi to race with special celebratory helmet

The Canadian’s lid will feature a tribute “to the amazing history and accomplishments this team has,” said the driver

By Yuri Coghe
Latifi will race in Monaco for the first time as an F1 driver (Photo by Thomas Marzusch, posted on Nicholas Latifi’s Twitter)

The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix will be a special one for Nicholas Latifi.

Not only because the Canadian will race in an F1 car in the famous street circuit for the first time, but also because he’ll be part of a huge milestone for Williams.

The Sunday race will mark the 750th Grand Prix the legendary British team has participated in. Only Ferrari and McLaren have celebrated the landmark in the history of the series.

“I’m really pleased to be part of Williams’ 750th race celebrations throughout the Monaco weekend,” Latifi said ahead of the weekend. “It’s a huge achievement for the team and I’ll be proud to have the names of 100 of our supporters with me on the halo.”

Latifi’s helmet will feature a tribute “to the amazing history and accomplishments this team has”, the driver tweeted on Wednesday. Williams sits only behind Ferrari in the list of teams with the most constructors’ championships (9×16). In the video below, the driver comments on the one-off design.

Also as part of the celebrations, 100 fans of the Grove, Oxfordshire-based team will have their names featured on both car’s halos.

“Williams has always been about people; those that work for the team, along with our fans from all across the world,” said Williams Racing CEO Jost Capito in a press release.

“This milestone is about celebrating everyone that has been on this journey to 750 Grands Prix and will continue to be on this journey with us, as the team heads into a new era.”

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“Quite a bit more special”

Latifi raced in Monaco as a GP2/F2 driver from 2016 to 2019 but will do it for the first time as an F1 driver this weekend since the race was called off last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year of his F1 debut.

“I think it goes without saying that I’m extremely excited to race around the streets of Monaco in a Formula One car for the first time,” Latifi said. “I’ve driven there for many years in different categories, but I’m anticipating that in an F1 car it’s going to be something quite a bit more special.”

“The race is such a spectacle and so prestigious, and it’s a track I like, so I’m super excited and looking forward to getting out there.”

Williams has a history of 114 wins and 312 podiums in F1 but has been struggling in the last few seasons. Latifi and teammate George Russell, who joined a year before the Canadian, are still looking for their first point with the team. The Canadian was 14th and 17th on Thursday’s two free practice sessions, respectively.

“It was a shame to miss the race last year due to the reshuffled calendar as it’s one of the most exhilarating and thrilling laps of the season,” said Russell ahead of the weekend. “It will be great to be back, and I can’t wait to get on track and have the overall Monaco experience.”

“It’s also going to be a huge weekend for the team as we mark our 750th race, which is an incredible achievement and something I’m proud to be part of.” The British driver is seen as one of the most promising young talents in F1 and is on the run for a Mercedes seat next year.

The Monaco Grand Prix is set for 9 AM EST on Sunday.

See more pictures of Latifi’s special helmet for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix below

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