Latifi has a lot of problems this season, and seems to be far from what he wants. "I think it's a heads game, isn't it?," his team boss Jost Capito said, as quoted by motorsport. "He's capable to drive very fast and do the same lap times as Alex if he is in the right place, I'm sure.
"The cars are a bit more difficult and trickier to drive than last year's, and he has to get his head around it. Of course, if you have a couple of offs you have to find again the confidence. But he will get the full support of the team, and we are sure he will get there."
"I think what impacted him most last year was the comments and the threats on social media. We helped him to get over that. "Of course, these incidents he had a couple of times, as mentioned before, it's not boosting his confidence.
But we try to boost his confidence, we work with him, and I think he's getting better on that. And he has to learn that, and I think he's on a good way."
Albon and Latifi
Latifi spoke about him and Albon who were close.
"Obviously, we were quite close to each other on the first stint," he noted after the flag. "And initially when I came out of the pits, I thought I was going to be ahead of him, because he didn't seem anywhere in sight.
"I guess the track was clearly ready for the slicks. But just the overall feeling I still have with the car, just lacking the confidence with it, I was definitely not going to want to be the first one to go, and I was happy to let other people go first, just to confirm it was fine.
In the end I guess that was quite costly for a lot of track time. "I just lost out with the later stop. For me, it's just about the positives of the pace I'll take from today. Whether you finished P11 or P12, or P18, it makes no difference to us right now."
Latifi talked about what he needed to fix "Since Saudi I just haven't had a great feeling with the car, even before the crashes," he notes. "Any driver will say when you don't trust the car underneath, what it's going to do, it can be a very dangerous thing.
"I don't mean in the aspect of safety, I mean in terms of the car catching you out, having incidents, and not being comfortable to push the limits. "So even when the pace is relatively okay, or strong, it's not necessarily that I still have the feeling like okay, I'm happy with the way I feel. I think that's something that will just come with time."