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Latifi praises ‘great job’ from Williams after first ever Q3 appearance, as Albon explains cooldown lap frustrations

Nicholas Latifi was one of the stars of British Grand Prix qualifying, taking his older-spec Williams all the way to Q3 as he secured P10 on the grid for Sunday’s race. But the Canadian was keeping his expectations in check for the Grand Prix, while team mate Alex Albon was adamant he wanted to make moves from 16th on the grid in the upgraded FW44.

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Latifi managed to out-qualify Pierre Gasly and put his Williams, sans upgrades, in Q3 amid wet conditions at Silverstone. A mistake in Q3 that saw him skidding across the gravel at Abbey meant the Canadian lost a chance to qualify better than 10th, yet he was still pleased with the outcome.

“Yes, obviously a very positive qualifying session. I mean I think just getting to Q2 was already great and Q3 definitely more than we could’ve hoped for,” began Latifi. “When it does rain you obviously hope that there is opportunity.

“Overall, satisfied with that for sure and I think what was really key as well was being in the right place at the right time and the team did a great job with that, with the track positioning. And yes, we got the lap when we needed to.

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