Nicholas Latifi was warned over tight Abu Dhabi track 4 years before crash

Engineers had warned Nicholas Latifi four years ago about the difficultly of Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track.

The Canadian crashed on turn 14 on Sunday leading to a late-race safety car being deployed, something which had a huge effect on the winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and 2021 world drivers’ championship.

After Latifi crashed his Williams car into the barriers, the race was restarted with a single lap to go. Max Verstappen, laced with fresh tyres, managed to pass Lewis Hamilton to win his first championship.

But on the same track just four years ago in a Formula Two race, Latifi claimed he was warned about the tightness of the track by members of his team.

He wrote on social media in November 2017, accompanied with a video of him clipping a corner: “My engineer was always telling me I never got close enough to that wall….he didn't say it anymore after this #AbuDhabiGP #F2.”

Latifi finished 12th in the Yas Marina Formula 2 round, with Artem Markelov coming out on top.

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“It was a tough race out there today and we were struggling for pace throughout,” Latifi explained. “Towards the end of the Grand Prix I was racing with Mick Schumacher and was forced slightly wide, but fairly, at turn nine.

“My tyres got dirty from running off track and I subsequently made a small mistake and unfortunately crashed. This obviously wasn’t how I wanted to end our season, so it’s disappointing.”

Christian Horner joked that he would be giving Latifi a lifetime supply of Red Bull for the crash.

'He'll be getting a lifetime supply of Red Bull for sure," the team principal said to Channel 4.

"We needed something from the racing gods in the last 10 laps,' he later stated on Sky Sports.

“Thank you Nicholas Latifi for that safety car. I have to say with the stewards…they did great to get the race going again.

“We were screaming at him (Masi) 'let them race'. It has been an insane competition and for Max to win the world championship – it is not just about here.

“I have to say all credit to Lewis, he has been a phenomenal opponent all year, he is a great champion and that is what makes it even more valid to win this.'

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