Nicholas Latifi

Full Name: 
Nicholas Latifi
Birth Date: 
29 June, 1994
Birth Place: 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Nicholas Latifi Biography

Nicholas Latifi began his karting career in 2009 and competed until 2012, when he stepped up to his maiden foray into single-seater and car racing. The Canadian contested the Italian Formula 3 championship and claimed a first victory en route to taking seventh in the standings. 

In 2013, Latifi contested a daul campaign in European Formula 3 and British Formula 3 with Carlin, finishing 15th and fifth in the respective championships. He kicked off the year in the Toyota Racing Series, taking ninth spot in the standings across the five-round championship. 

Latifi remained in European F3 for 2014 but a switch to Prema Powerteam coincided with his best finish to date as he improved to 10th, managing a first podium appearance along the way. Fleeting appearances also followed in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and his GP2 debut with a two-race outing for Hilmer Motorsport at the Yas Marina finale. He rounded out the year with a fifth-place finish on his Macau debut with Prema. 

He continued to juggle drives in Formula Renault 3.5, Porsche Carrera Cup GB and GP2 in 2015 before moving into Formula 1's direct feeder series on a full-time basis in 2016 with DAMS. He finished 16th in the standings with his standout result coming at the season opener as he claimed a first podium with second place at Barcelona. Latifi was also handed his maiden F1 role as a test and development driver for Renault, where he got his first taste of driving F1 machinery in 2017. 

A breakthrough victory for Latifi came at Silverstone in 2017 as GP2 rebranded to Formula 2. An additional eight podiums helped Latifi seal fifth in the standings, as he continued his role with Renault. 

2018 proved less successful as Latifi could only manage ninth in the championship as he struggled to adapt to the series' new car, though he racked up another win at the Spa sprint race. Latifi left Renault and switched to carry out development duties with Force India/Racing Point, leading to driving during three days of testing and some Friday practice running. 

Latifi emerged as a title contender in his fourth full F2 campaign with DAMS in 2019. Three victories across the opening three rounds moved Latifi into an early points lead, before a stunning run of form from Nyck de Vries saw him convincingly beat Latifi to the championship crown. Latifi ended the year in runner-up spot, and after making a handful of practice and test appearances for Williams, he was confirmed as Robert Kubica's replacement for the 2020 season. 

Latifi made his grand prix debut in 2020 and found it difficult to perform on the same level as teammate George Russell, who out-qualified the Canadian rookie at each of the 16 races they contested against each other. Performed better on a race day but like Russell, Latifi was unable to drag his Williams into the points, just missing out as he finished 11th on three occasions on his way to finishing 21st in the standings.