Nicholas Latifi

Photo: Williams F1

  • Reserve Driver
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Born: 29 June 1995
  • Height: 1.85m
  • Weight: 75kg

Racing Biography

Nicholas Latifi was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 29 1995. He started his karting career in 2009 in Canada, where he competed until 2012. Soon Latifi realized he would have to start racing in Europe and beyond if he was to make the most of his talent.

He competed in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Rehagen Racing, driving a Ford Mustang GT. He also competed in the Italian Formula 3 Championship, finishing 7th and picking up a race win and four podium finishes along the way.

In 2013 Nicholas signed with the Giles Motorsport team to compete in the 2013 Toyota Racing Series where he finished 9th overall. The same year he would compete in the Masters of Formula 3 race, finishing 7th, the British Formula 3 Championship where he finished 5th and picked up two pole positions and one podium, and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Nicholas scored four victories in the 2014 Ferrari Florida Series and in the same year entered the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

In 2015 he made his GP2 series debut, while also competing in Formula Renault 3.5 and the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

2016 was a big year for Nicholas as he claimed a podium finish in the first race of the GP2 season. His success attracted the interest of the Renault F1 Team who hired him to be their test driver for the 2016 and 2017 Formula 1 seasons.

His breakthrough came in 2017 when he entered the FIA Formula 2 Championship, driving for the DAMS team, and picked up a race win and nine podiums. He finishing 5th overall. The same year Nicholas’ form was noticed by the Sahara Force India F1 Team who recruited him as a reserve and test driver for 2018. As part of his role he drove in a number of Free Practice sessions throughout the year.

In 2018 he continued to compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and finished the season in 9th place. He picked up a win and two podium finishes. In December of the same year Williams announced they signed Latifi as their reserve driver for the 2019 FIA Formula 1 season.

The Canadian is currently competing in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship where he holds 2nd place with 4 wins and 7 podium finishes to his name.

In December 2019 it was announced that Latifi would be making his Formula 1 racing debut with Williams in 2020.

Career Highlights

  • 2020  Race Driver, Williams Racing
  • 2019  Reserve Driver, Williams Racing
  • 2018  Reserve and Test Driver, Sahara Force India F1 Team
  • 2018  FIA Formula 2 Championship, 9th – 1 win, 3 podiums
  • 2017  Test Driver, Renault Sport F1 Team
  • 2017  FIA Formula 2 Championship, 5th – 1 win, 9 podiums
  • 2016  Test Driver, Renault Sport F1 Team
  • 2016  GP2 Series, 16th – 1 podium
  • 2015  Porsche Carrera Cup GB, 11th – 1 podium
  • 2014  FIA Formula 3 European Championship, 10th – 1 podium
  • 2013  British Formula 3 Championship, 5th – 1 podium
  • 2012  Italian Formula 3 Championship, 7th – 1 win, 4 podiums

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