Nicholas Latifi has been confirmed as the Force India F1 team’s reserve and test driver for the 2018 season.
The 22-year-old Canadian, a race-winner podium finisher in Formula 2, will participate in the Young Drivers’ test sessions as well as make his Grand Prix debut in a number of Friday practice sessions this year.
Latifi has previous Formula 1 experience, having formerly served as a test driver for the Renault team in 2016.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Latifi said.
“Sahara Force India is a team that has shown constant improvement for the last few years and I’m proud to become a part of one of the success stories of Formula One. I am eager to show the team what I can do and help them as they continue to close the gap to the front of the grid.”
Force India Team Principal and Managing Director Vijay Mallya added: “Nicholas joins us off the back of a strong season in F2 and strengthens our driver development programme.
“He will support our simulator programme and work with the team during a number of Friday practice sessions next year. We have a long track record of bringing on young talented drivers and Nicholas will learn a huge amount as he gets embedded in the team, and looks forward to a career in Formula One.”
Latifi’s father Michael controls the Sofina Foods conglomerate, which is one of the largest meat, poultry, seafood and delicatessen product suppliers in Canada and the United States. Its subsidiaries include the Lilydale, Mastro, Fletcher’s and Cuddy brands.
|WHO IS NICHOLAS LATIFI?|
|Full Name||Nicholas Latifi|
|Born||29 June 1995, Toronto (CAN)|
|2012||Italian Formula 3, BVM, 1 win, 4 podiums, 7th overall|
|2013||British Formula 3, Carlin Motorsport, 1 podium, 2 poles, 5th overall
Masters of Formula 3, Carlin Motorsport, 7th overall
Toyota Racing Series, Giles Motorsport, 9th overall
|2014||FIA European Formula 3 Championship, Prema Powerteam, 1 podium, 10th overall|
|2015||Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Arden Motorsport, 11th overall
GP2 Series, MP Motorsport, Not Classified (8 races)
|2016||GP2 Series, DAMS, 1 podium, 16th overall
Formula 1, Renault Sport F1, Test Driver
|2017||FIA Formula 2 Championship, DAMS, 1 win, 9 podiums, 5th overall|
Images via FIA Formula 2 Championship and Sahara Force India Formula One Team