Canadian rising star Nicholas Latifi is primed to take the next step in his racing career in 2019 as he targets his dream of a place on the Formula One grid.
Despite starting his motorsport career at the comparatively late age of 13, Nicholas has rapidly risen through the ranks and now stands on the brink of representing his country in F1.
Nicholas has already displayed his credentials as a potential F1 driver of the future in test and development roles with the Renault F1 and Force India F1 teams.
Joining Force India in 2018 gave the 23-year-old the chance to drive an F1 car on home soil for the first time.
Completing the FP1 session at the Canadian Grand Prix paved the way for four additional FP1 sessions in Germany, Russia, Mexico and Brazil; gaining confidence and crucial track experience along the way.
That knowledge will stand Nicholas in good stead in 2019 when he embarks on a new challenge as Williams F1 team’s test and reserve driver.
An integral part of the British team, he will participate in at least six F1 FP1 sessions, pilot the team’s FW42 car during test days and carry out extensive running in the team’s simulator. His role will be to provide a crucial link to the race drivers in areas like car set-up, data analysis and development direction.
Nicholas’s Formula 1 responsibilities run alongside his race programme in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with the France-based DAMS outfit.
Nicholas has been with DAMS for three years and has been a regular front-runner and race winner, adding to his trophy cabinet in one of motorsport’s most competitive championships.
In 2019 Nicholas will embark on arguably the most important year of his career. The target is the F2 championship title, a success that he hopes will earn an F1 race seat in 2020.