Nicholas Latifi (born 29 June 1995)[2] is a Canadian racing driver under contract to race for Williams in the 2020 Formula One World Championship.

Nicholas Latifi
Born (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 24)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityCanada Canadian
2020 teamWilliams-Mercedes[1]
Car number6
Previous series
201719
201416
201415
201415
201314
2013
2013
2012
2012
FIA Formula 2 Championship
GP2 Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
European Formula 3
Toyota Racing Series
British Formula 3
Italian Formula Three
Continental Tire SCC

CareerEdit

KartingEdit

He began his karting career in 2009 and competed until 2012.

Continental Tire Sports Car ChallengeEdit

He competed in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Rehagen Racing driving a Ford Mustang GT.[3]

Toyota Racing SeriesEdit

He signed with Giles Motorsport team to compete in the 2013 Toyota Racing Series.[4] He finished ninth overall.

Formula 3Edit

He started his F3 career by competing in the Italian Formula Three in 2012 with BVM.[5] He won his first F3 race in Vallelunga Circuit on 16 September 2012. He finished seventh in the final standings.[6]

In 2013, he raced in several series including Masters of Formula 3, British Formula 3 Championship, and FIA European Formula Three Championship, all with Carlin Motorsport.[7][8][9] He finished seventh in the 2013 Masters of Formula 3 race.[10] On 25 July 2013, he claimed his first poles in his racing career in Spa.[11]

Formula Renault 3.5Edit

After running in selected rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2014 for Tech 1 Racing, Latifi joined Arden International to race in the championship in 2015.[12]

Porsche Carrera Cup Great BritainEdit

Latifi made an appearance in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain in 2014, driving for Redline Racing at Rockingham Motor Speedway and scoring a fourth-place finish in the second of two rounds there.[13][14]

Formula OneEdit

On 14 March 2016, Renault announced Latifi as their new test driver for the 2016 season.[15] He drove a Formula One car for the first time in a test on 5 May 2016, completing 140 laps at Silverstone in the Renault-powered Lotus E20.[16] His first test in modern Formula One machinery came on 17 May 2017 at the post-race test in Barcelona, driving the Renault R.S.17 and completing 141 laps.[17] He later tested again for the team at the Hungaroring.[18]

On 5 January 2018, Latifi was announced as a Force India test and reserve driver for the 2018 season.[19] He made his Grand Prix weekend debut with the team during the first practice session of his home race in Canada,[20] before adding four more FP1 appearances during the season.

On 3 December 2018, it was announced that Latifi would join Williams as a test and reserve driver for the 2019 season.[21] He participated in FP1 sessions at six Grands Prix that year.

Williams (2020-present)Edit

2020 Season

On 28 November 2019, on the final weekend of the 2019 championship, Latifi was confirmed by Williams as a race driver for the 2020 season, filling the seat vacated by Robert Kubica. He will partner former competitor and 2018 Formula 2 champion George Russell.[1]


Personal lifeEdit

He is the son of Michael Latifi, a Canadian-Iranian businessman who is the CEO of Sofina Foods, Inc. and also owns a British Virgin Islands company Nidala.[22][23] Michael Latifi invested through Nidala £200 million (around 270 million USD) in the McLaren Group, leading to suggestions his F2 race-winning son Nicholas could be pushed from F2 racing into a more prominent role with McLaren, although McLaren CEO Zak Brown has said this has not been part of any conversation prior to making an investment.[24][22]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/laps Podiums Points Position
2012 Italian Formula 3 Championship BVM 24 1 0 2 4 117 7th
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Rehagen Racing 1 0 0 0 0 2 84th
2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Carlin 30 0 0 0 0 45 15th
British Formula 3 Championship 11 0 2 1 1 97 5th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 7th
Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 15 0 0 0 0 503 9th
2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 30 0 0 0 1 128 10th
Porsche Carrera Cup GB Redline Racing 2 0 0 0 0 14 23rd
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Tech 1 Racing 6 0 0 0 1 20 20th
GP2 Series Hilmer Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 32nd
Macau Grand Prix Prema Powerteam 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Arden Motorsport 17 0 0 1 0 55 11th
Porsche Carrera Cup GB Samsung SUHD TV Racing 8 0 0 0 1 72 11th
GP2 Series MP Motorsport 8 0 0 0 0 0 27th
2016 GP2 Series DAMS 22 0 0 0 1 23 16th
Formula One Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship DAMS 21 1 0 4 9 178 5th
Formula One Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship DAMS 24 1 0 2 3 91 9th
Formula One Sahara Force India F1 Team Test Driver
Racing Point Force India F1 Team
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship DAMS 22 4 0 4 8 214 2nd
Formula One ROKiT Williams Racing Test Driver

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2013 Carlin Volkswagen MNZ
1

15
MNZ
2

16
MNZ
3

Ret
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

10
HOC
1

23
HOC
2

22
HOC
3

15
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

27
BRH
3

7
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

Ret
RBR
3

7
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

19
NOR
3

Ret
NÜR
1

19
NÜR
2

17
NÜR
3

21
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

11
ZAN
3

Ret
VAL
1

17
VAL
2

11
VAL
3

Ret
HOC
1

12
HOC
2

13
HOC
3

Ret
15th 45
2014 Prema Powerteam Mercedes SIL
1

6
SIL
2

2
SIL
3

4
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

6
HOC
3

Ret
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

17†
PAU
3

Ret
HUN
1

22
HUN
2

9
HUN
3

10
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

7
SPA
3

5
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

8
NOR
3

Ret
MSC
1

7
MSC
2

8
MSC
3

17†
RBR
1

Ret
RBR
2

8
RBR
3

4
NÜR
1

13
NÜR
2

10
NÜR
3

Ret
IMO
1

Ret
IMO
2

6
IMO
3

4
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
10th 128

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2014 Tech 1 Racing MNZ
1
MNZ
2
ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1
SPA
1
SPA
2
MSC
1
MSC
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

18
LEC
1

16
LEC
2

9
JER
1

16
JER
2

2
20th 20
2015 Arden Motorsport ALC
1

8
ALC
2

14
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

13
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

17
RBR
1

4
RBR
2

Ret
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

5
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

Ret
BUG
1

Ret
BUG
2

7
JER
1

7
JER
2

10
11th 55

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2014 Hilmer Motorsport BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SOC
FEA
SOC
SPR
YMC
FEA

22
YMC
SPR

17
32nd 0
2015 MP Motorsport BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HUN
FEA

15
HUN
SPR

14
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SOC
FEA

18
SOC
SPR

14
BHR
FEA

15
BHR
SPR

11
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

C
27th 0
2016 DAMS CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

7
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

13
RBR
FEA

10
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

11
SIL
SPR

10
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

12
HOC
FEA

14
HOC
SPR

17
SPA
FEA

13
SPA
SPR

9
MNZ
FEA

16
MNZ
SPR

15
SEP
FEA

14
SEP
SPR

10
YMC
FEA

9
YMC
SPR

12
16th 23

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2017 DAMS BHR
FEA

11
BHR
SPR

4
CAT
FEA

6
CAT
SPR

3
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

13
BAK
FEA

3
BAK
SPR

3
RBR
FEA

2
RBR
SPR

8
SIL
FEA

8
SIL
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

6
SPA
FEA

DNS
SPA
SPR

9
MNZ
FEA

3
MNZ
SPR

16
JER
FEA

4
JER
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

5
YMC
SPR

3
5th 178
2018 DAMS BHR
FEA

11
BHR
SPR

10
BAK
FEA

5
BAK
SPR

3
CAT
FEA

14
CAT
SPR

8
MON
FEA

9
MON
SPR

8
LEC
FEA

7
LEC
SPR

8
RBR
FEA

11
RBR
SPR

8
SIL
FEA

17
SIL
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

16
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

1
MNZ
FEA

5
MNZ
SPR

4
SOC
FEA

2
SOC
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

15
9th 91
2019 DAMS BHR
FEA

1
BHR
SPR

3
BAK
FEA

4
BAK
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

6
MON
FEA

12
MON
SPR

10
LEC
FEA

5
LEC
SPR

6
RBR
FEA

9
RBR
SPR

6
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

C
SPA
SPR

C
MNZ
FEA

13
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

2
SOC
SPR

4
YMC
FEA

7
YMC
SPR

2
2nd 214

Complete Formula One participationsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2018 Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN
TD
FRA AUT GBR GER
TD
HUN
Racing Point Force India F1 Team BEL ITA SIN RUS
TD
JPN USA MEX
TD
BRA
TD
ABU
2019 ROKiT Williams Racing Williams FW42 Mercedes M10 EQ Power+ 1.6 V6 t AUS
BHR
CHN
AZE
ESP
MON
CAN
TD
FRA
TD
AUT GBR GER HUN BEL
TD
ITA SIN RUS JPN MEX
TD
USA
TD
BRA
TD
ABU

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nicholas to race for ROKiT Williams Racing in 2020". nicholaslatifi.com. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Butcher, Louis (5 June 2018). "«Je vise la F1 l'an prochain» - Nicholas Latifi". tvasports.ca (in French). Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Mustang Wins: 2012 BMW Performance 200 at Daytona Race Recap". stangtv.com. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Nicholas Latifi signs up for 2013 Toyota Racing Series". Toyota Racing Series. Toyota Racing Management. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Latifi signs with BVM Target and prepares for the Italian Formula 3 European Series". nofenders.com. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Nicholas Latifi wins his first F3 race at Vallelunga". racecar.com. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Lots to Learn for Carlin Drivers in Zandvoort". carlin.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Carlin adds three cars to growing British F3 grid". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Jann Mardenborough joins Carlin's four-strong European F3 line-up". autosport.com. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Carlin Zandvoort Rookies Put On a Strong Show". carlin.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
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  12. ^ Hayward, Joshua (23 April 2015). "World Series Renault – Teams prepare as season 11 nears". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Nicholas Latifi gets Tech 1 Formula Renault 3.5 outings". autosport.com. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Rees takes first Carrera Cup GB win at Rockingham". British Automobile Racing Club. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Canada's Nicholas Latifi joins Renault Sport Formula One Team". nicholaslatifi.com. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Nicholas completes first test with Renault Sport Formula One Team". nicholaslatifi.com. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Nicholas boosted by test in 2017 Renault Sport Formula One Team car". nicholaslatifi.com. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Nicholas's F1 test garners valuable feedback for Renault Sport". nicholaslatifi.com. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Nicholas joins Sahara Force India as reserve and test driver". nicholaslatifi.com. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Formula 1 Grand Prix Heineken du Canada 2018 - Practice 1". formula1.com. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Nicholas Latifi joins Williams Martini Racing". 3 December 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  22. ^ a b Scott Mitchell; Jack Benyon (29 May 2018). "Nicholas Latifi: Dad's McLaren investment paints wrong picture of me". Autosport. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  23. ^ http://iran-times.com/iranian-canadian-buys-into-mclaren-racing-group-firm/
  24. ^ Daan de Geus (21 May 2018). "Father of F2 Racer Nicholas Latifi Becomes McLaren Group Shareholder in $270M Deal – The deal has nothing to do with his son's racing career, however". TheDrive. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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