Nicholas Latifi confirms F2 return in 2019

Canadian racing driver Nicholas Latifi will race in next season’s FIA Formula 2 Championship with DAMS Racing.

The 23-year-old has been a multiple race winner in Formula 1’s official feeder series for the last two seasons and his strong form with DAMS recently led to him being called up to the Williams Martini Racing F1 team as its Reserve Driver in 2019.

Having first joined Le Mans-based DAMS in 2016, Nicholas has established a strong relationship with the personnel at the French team. He hopes that will help him secure even more F2 success next season.

He said: “My aims for this year are quite clear; I want to compete for the F2 Drivers’ title and help DAMS win the F2 Teams’ Championship.

“The potential has been there for us to fight at the front, but we had some bad luck early on in 2018. My best performances came in the last few rounds, so hopefully we can continue that strong form into 2019.

“Driving for DAMS has given me the opportunity to showcase my abilities, which has helped in securing my F1 role with Williams. I’m excited to be returning for another season.”

Nicholas has re-signed for DAMS after a successful end of season test with the team in Abu Dhabi last week. His pace at the Yas Marina Circuit was good enough to set the fastest time in one of the sessions, and to finish inside the top-four times during three of the other sessions.

Team principal Jean-Paul Driot said: “It is very satisfying to welcome back Nicholas for another year. He recovered from illness at the start of last season and his performances in the second half showed he was capable of fighting for the title.”

Nicholas will join DAMS for the F2 pre-season tests at Jerez (26-28 February) and Barcelona (5-7 March) in 2019. His racing season will officially get underway in Bahrain (29-31 March).

Nicholas’s FIA Formula 2 Championship programme is proudly supported by Royal Bank of Canada, Lavazza and Sofina.

 

Nicholas Latifi joins Williams Martini Racing

Nicholas Latifi will join Williams Martini Racing as a Reserve Driver for the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

The Canadian will support the team at race weekends and at its UK base to help maximise performance of its 2019-season car. He will also be involved in the team’s media and sponsorship programme.

Nicholas will drive in six FP1 sessions, two in-season test days, one pre-season test day in Barcelona and two Pirelli test days. He will work closely with the team both trackside and in the factory at Grove, Oxfordshire where he will undertake driving simulator sessions.

The 23-year-old’s progression comes after a busy 2018 season during which Nicholas combined a race-winning season in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with participation in five Formula One FP1 sessions.

“I’m thrilled to be joining an iconic team like Williams as a Reserve Driver for 2019,” Nicholas said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to continue my F1 development and to build my on-track experience with more FP1 sessions and the rookie and Pirelli tests.

“As well as this, a big part of my role will be simulator driving and helping to support the development of the new car. I look forward to spending time in the factory at Grove, immersing myself within the team and assisting wherever I can. This is an amazing opportunity that I’ve been given and I’m excited to get started.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said: “Nicholas has been racing successfully in the junior formula, he has the racing pedigree that we’re looking for and he is incredibly intelligent and diligent.

“Nicholas will drive in FP1 sessions and at several tests next year. Along with this, he will undertake simulator work for the team. We are certain he will be a great fit for the team and we look forward to working with Nicholas next season.”