user icon
user icon

Latifi joins Williams as reserve driver

  • Published on 03 Dec 2018 15:35
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams has announced that Nicholas Latifi has joined as its reserve driver for the 2019 Formula 1 season. The Canadian driver worked as Force India/Racing Point's reserve driver for the 2018 season, after spending two years at Renault.

Williams will field an all-new line-up in 2019, with Mercedes junior George Russell partnering returnee Robert Kubica. The Grove squad confirmed that Latifi will drive in six FP1 sessions, two in-season test days, one pre-season test day in Barcelona and two Pirelli test days. 

“I'm thrilled to be joining an iconic team like Williams as a Reserve Driver for 2019," the 23-year-old 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."

Latifi finished in ninth place in the 2018 Formula 2 championship standings, his fourth year in the series that was previously known as GP2. Williams added that he would be "fully immersed into the team both trackside and in the factory at Grove whilst undertaking simulator sessions".

"As well as this, a big part of my role will be simulator driving and helping to support the development of the new car," Latifi continued. "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.” 

Williams' deputy team principal Claire Williams added: “I am delighted to confirm Nicholas Latifi as a Reserve Driver for the 2019 season. 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.”

Replies (0)

Login to reply

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Williams
  • Points 0
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 5
  • Country Canada
  • Date of b. Jun 29 1995 (25)
  • Place of b. Toronto, Canada
  • Weight 74 kg
  • Length 1.85 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar