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Nicholas Latifi

Nicholas Latifi (born 29 June 1995)[2] is an Iranian-Canadian racing driver under contract to race for Williams in the 2020 Formula One World Championship. He is expected to make his Formula One debut at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.

Career

Karting

Latifi began his karting career in 2009, at the relatively late age of 13. In 2010, he finished as the runner-up in the Rotax Junior class of the Canadian National Karting Championship. Latifi continued competing in Canadian and American karting series until 2012, when he won the Florida Winter Tour championship in the Rotax DD2 class.[3] He later made an appearance in the Shifter ROK class of the Florida Winter Tour in 2015, competing against former Formula One drivers Rubens Barrichello and Nelson Piquet Jr.[4]

Formula 3

Latifi's single-seater debut came in the 2012 Italian Formula Three Championship with BVM.[5] He finished the season in 7th place, having taken one win at the Vallelunga Circuit and three further podium finishes.[6] At the start of the following year, Latifi raced in the 2013 Toyota Racing Series,[7] finishing 9th in the championship with a best finish of 6th at Timaru. Latifi then took part in a full season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, driving for Carlin.[8] He ended the season in 15th place, his best finishes being two 5th places at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring. During his European Formula 3 campaign, Latifi also raced in the British Formula 3 International Series,[9] finishing 5th and taking two pole positions along with a podium finish at Brands Hatch.[10] Additionally, he competed in the 2013 Masters of Formula 3 race at Zandvoort, qualifying 8th and finishing 7th.[11]

Latifi continued racing in European Formula 3 in 2014, moving to Prema Powerteam alongside future Formula One competitor Esteban Ocon. Latifi finished 10th in the championship after missing the final round to compete in Formula Renault 3.5, with his best finish being 2nd place at Silverstone.[12] In November 2014 he made his only appearance at the Macau Grand Prix, qualifying 9th, finishing 7th in the qualifying race and then taking 5th place in the main race.

Formula Renault 3.5

Latifi competed in the final three rounds of the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series for Tech 1 Racing, taking 2nd place in the final race at Jerez. He then moved to Arden Motorsport and competed in a full season in 2015.[13] He finished the season in 11th place, taking one fastest lap. His best finishes were two 4th places at Spa-Francorchamps and at the Red Bull Ring.

Sports car racing

Latifi competed in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Rehagen Racing, driving a Ford Mustang GT.[14] In 2014, he made an appearance in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain driving for Redline Racing at Rockingham. He retired from the first round but scored a 4th-place finish in the second round.[15][16] He had a longer campaign in 2015, competing in four of the eight rounds and taking 2nd place in the first race at Oulton Park.

GP2 Series

Latifi made his debut in the GP2 series at the 2014 Yas Marina round where he replace Daniel Abt at Hilmer Motorsport.[17] He finished the races in 22nd and 17th. In 2015, Latifi competed in four selected rounds with MP Motorsport,[18] with a best finish of 11th in Bahrain. In 2016, he secured a full-time seat in the series at DAMS alongside Alex Lynn. Latifi's best finish of the season came at the first race in Barcelona, where he finished 2nd. He then went on to finish 7th in the sprint race. Despite this strong start, only two more points finishes came during the season; 10th place at the Red Bull Ring and 9th place at Yas Marina. Latifi ended the season in 16th place in the championship with 23 points, ten places and 101 points behind teammate Lynn.

FIA Formula 2 Championship

The GP2 Series was re-branded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship for 2017, and Latifi retained his seat at DAMS, now alongside Oliver Rowland.[19] 2017 proved to be a far more successful year for Latifi. He took his first GP2/F2 podium at the sprint race in Barcelona, finishing 3rd as well as recording the fastest lap. Two more 3rd places came in Baku, before Latifi achieved a 2nd-place finish in the feature race at the Red Bull Ring. He took victory in the sprint race at Silverstone, marking his first race win in any racing series since 2012. 2nd and 3rd place finishes came in the feature races at the Hungaroring and at Monza respectively, in which Latifi set both fastest laps. He finished 2nd at the sprint race in Jerez, before ending the season with 3rd place and the fastest lap in the final round at Yas Marina. Latifi ended the season in 5th place with 178 points, two places and 13 points behind teammate Rowland.

He continued with DAMS in 2018, now partnering future Formula One competitor Alexander Albon in a season that proved less successful than 2017. Latifi took his first podium of the season at Baku with 3rd place in the sprint race. He achieved the second victory of his Formula 2 career at Spa-Francorchamps, winning the sprint race from reverse-grid pole and setting the fastest lap. He later took 2nd place at the feature race in Sochi. Latifi ended the season in 9th place with 91 points, six places and 121 points behind teammate Albon.

Latifi remained at DAMS for the fourth consecutive season in 2019, alongside Sérgio Sette Câmara. A strong start to the season saw Latifi take three victories in the first five races, winning the feature races in Bahrain and Barcelona and the sprint race in Baku. After the first three rounds, Latifi led the championship, 30 points clear of 3rd-placed Nyck de Vries. However, a poor showing at the fourth round in Monaco, during which Latifi finished the races in 12th and 10th, saw de Vries close the gap to just one point. Latifi would not finish on the podium again until the seventh round at Silverstone, in which he finished the feature race 2nd. By this point, de Vries had extended his championship lead to 27 points. Latifi scored his final victory of the season at the feature race of the next round in Hungary, before failing to score at Monza, and then taking two 2nd-place finishes at Sochi and Yas Marina. He ended the season as the championship runner-up to de Vries, two places and 10 points ahead of teammate Sette Câmara, achieving four wins, four other podium finishes and four fastest laps.

Formula One

Latifi was signed as Renault's new test driver for the 2016 season.[20] He drove a Formula One car for the first time in a test in May of that year, completing 140 laps at Silverstone in the Renault-powered Lotus E20.[21] His first test in an in-use Formula One car came on one year later at the post-race test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, driving the Renault R.S.17 and completing 141 laps.[22] He later tested again for the team at the Hungaroring.[23]

Latifi was announced as a Force India's test and reserve driver for the 2018 season.[24] He made his Grand Prix weekend debut with the team during the first practice session (FP1) of his home race in Canada,[25] before adding four more FP1 appearances during the season.

For the 2019 season Latifi joined Williams as a test and reserve driver.[26] He participated in six FP1 sessions that year.

Williams (2020)

For the 2020 season Latifi is due to race for Williams, filling the seat vacated by Robert Kubica. He will partner former competitor and 2018 Formula 2 champion George Russell.[1] Latifi will race under an American license in 2020 after Canada's national sporting authority resigned from the FIA. However, Latifi will still be officially recognised as Canadian.[27]

Latifi was due to make his Formula One debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. He was entered into the race, however, it was later cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal life

Latifi is the son of Michael Latifi, an Iranian-Canadian businessman who is the CEO of Sofina Foods, Inc. and also owns a British Virgin Islands company Nidala.[28][29] 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.[30][28]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/laps Podiums Points Position
2012 Italian Formula 3 Championship BVM 24 1 0 0 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
2020 Formula One ROKiT Williams Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 -


Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(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

DNP
HOC
2

DNP
HOC
3

DNP
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 results

(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 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results

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

Year Team Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 DC Points
2014 Redline Racing BHI
1

BHI
2

DON
1

DON
2

THR
1

THR
2

SAR
CRO
1

CRO
2

SNE
1

SNE
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

4
SIL
1

SIL
2

BHGP
1

BHGP
2

24th 14
2015 Samsung SUHD TV Racing BHI
1

4
BHI
2

7
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

7
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

16
CRO
1

6
CRO
2

9
SNE
1

SNE
2

KNO
1

KNO
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

BHGP
1

BHGP
2

11th 72

Complete GP2 Series results

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

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

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

Complete Formula One participations

(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 22 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 - -

* Season still in progress.

References

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  2. ^ Butcher, Louis (5 June 2018). ""Je vise la F1 l'an prochain" - Nicholas Latifi". tvasports.ca (in French). Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Nicholas Latifi racing career profile". driverdb.com. Retrieved 2020.
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  5. ^ "Latifi signs with BVM Target and prepares for the Italian Formula 3 European Series". nofenders.com. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Nicholas Latifi wins his first F3 race at Vallelunga". racecar.com. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
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  27. ^ "Canadian F1 pair Stroll and Latifi to race under American licenses". 11 February 2020. Retrieved 2020 – via www.racefans.net.
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