“When I got to the age where I could race cars, I gave it a try and that’s when I said this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”
Like all top drivers, Nicholas started his motorsport career by racing karts. He recorded great success in his homeland of Canada, but soon realised he needed to move to Europe and go head-to-head with the world’s best drivers if he was to make the most of his natural talent.
The 22-year-old crossed the Atlantic to pursue a single-seater racing career in 2012 and instantly became an Italian F3 race winner, before then claiming podiums and pole positions in the ultra-competitive British F3 series.
He also recorded an unbeaten four victories in the 2014 Ferrari Florida Series before graduating to the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2015 where he impressed with his speed, natural ability and maturity.
Securing pole positions, fastest laps and a series of strong finishes in Formula Renault 3.5 gave Nicholas the confidence to graduate to GP2 in 2016 and he immediately showed his potential by finishing on the podium at the first race of the season in Barcelona.
Nicholas came of age as an F2 driver in 2017, taking his first dominant race category victory at Silverstone and recording a further eight podium finishes. With a little bit more good fortune on occasions, he would have challenged for the overall F2 title.
Nicholas’s impressive form in 2017 was rewarded noted by the Sahara Force India F1 Team and he was duly recruited as the British squad’s reserve and test driver for 2018. As part of his new role, Nicholas will take part in a number of FP1 sessions during the year, including the one that precedes the Canadian Grand Prix.
Nicholas returns to the FIA F2 Championship in 2018 with DAMS and is hoping a title challenge will move him a step closer to securing a Formula One race seat.