ENGLAND: In a surprising turn of events, former Formula 1 driver Nicholas Latifi has decided to take a break from racing and head back to school. Following the conclusion of the 2022 season, Latifi’s F1 career ended when his team, Williams, replaced him with rising star Logan Sargeant.
Throughout his career, Latifi faced unwarranted criticism and became the subject of numerous internet memes due to his occasional underwhelming performances on the track.
As a paid driver, he received little leniency from critics. He faced backlash from certain sections of the F1 fandom after inadvertently playing a role in Max Verstappen’s 2021 world title victory, which led to him receiving death threats. Since leaving the sport last year, he has remained out of the public eye.
However, on Tuesday, Latifi resurfaced to share his plans. In a statement, he announced that he has decided to step away from racing for the time being and pursue a business degree.
Latifi expressed his gratitude to his global supporters, who had been curious about his activities and future endeavours. The Canadian driver revealed, “I decided very early in the year that I wouldn’t have any racing plans for 2023. Not having the same routine I’d been in for over half my life felt very strange.”
Latifi shared that his interest in the business world had always been strong, and had circumstances been different, he would have pursued it at university instead of racing. With that in mind, he decided to pursue an MBA degree and focus on transforming the next phase of his life.
After extensive research, Latifi revealed that he had been accepted into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at London Business School and will commence his studies next month.
He emphasized the challenging nature of the application process and the dedication required to secure a place at a prestigious business school.