Watch: Perplexed Japanese fans laugh at Nicholas Latifi

Nicholas Latifi has not had an easy weekend in Japan.

Nicholas Latifi gave fans quite the spectacle as he went the wrong way at the final chicane during practice for the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix.

The Canadian took to the wet conditions in his Williams on Friday, and the poor visibility out on track made it difficult to spot his turn-in point for corners.

There are a couple of corners and escape roads at the final chicane, and as Latifi approached it, he got appeared to get a little confused as to where he was.

The 27-year-old turned in too early, and will have been a little perplexed as he stared at a barrier, rather than the second part of the chicane that leads into the final corner.

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He had to perform a 180, before re-joining the racetrack and continuing on his way.

Fans giggled and discussed the incident with some confusion of their own as they witnessed the slightly embarrassing moment for the Montreal-born racer.

Latifi reported that there was an issue with the car, so it could alternatively have been that he pulled off due to a perceived engine problem, before realising that there was nothing wrong.

Latifi will leave Williams at the end of this season following some sub-standard results, and he is now extremely unlikely to be on the grid next season.

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His successor at the British team is yet to be decided, but we know that the 2019 Formula 2 runner-up will not be there in 2023.

The other vacant seat, as it stands, at Haas may yet be retained by Mick Schumacher, who is believed to be facing competition only from Nico Hulkenberg at this stage.

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Latifi qualified 20th and last in Japan on Saturday, so his five-place penalty for clearing out Zhou Guanyu in Singapore is now inconsequential.

Team-mate, Alex Albon, almost made it out of Q1, but was just beaten by Sebastian Vettel, who went on to qualify ninth.

The Thai-British racer will start the race 16th on the grid.