Trident have announced that Calan Williams will not be participating in the final round of the 2022 FIA Formula 2 season in Abu Dhabi next month, with the Australian driver opting to focus on the next steps of his motorsport career.

The 22-year-old made his F2 debut this season for the Italian team, securing his best result of the season on his second weekend in the Championship – a fourth-place finish in the Jeddah Sprint Race.

“Throughout the season, I know I demonstrated my capability at Formula 2 level,” Williams said. “Jeddah was a great result and I have been very pleased with many of the races I have put together in my rookie season, often finishing just outside the points or experiencing misfortune when running inside the scoring positions.

“However, these things can happen in racing, and as the season progressed circumstances just did not fall my way. We are now at a point where it is important that I consider what is the best path for me to pursue in the interests of my ongoing career in Motorsport.”

Giacomo Ricci, Trident’s Team Manager added: “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with Calan Williams in Formula 2. After 13 rounds, a fruitful working relationship with the Australian rookie ends, which has given Trident Motorsport the opportunity to appreciate a man, a professional and a driver of indisputable value. Trident Motorsport wishes Calan Williams and his management the best of luck in the upcoming professional challenges"

Williams’ replacement will be announced in due course.