Williams has announced that 23-year-old Canadian Nicholas Latifi has been chosen as the British outfit’s reserve driver for 2019.
A multiple winner in the FIA Formula 2 series, Latifi enjoyed a series of Friday free practice outings with Force India this season, amassing valuable F1 experience.
The young driver’s reserve role with Williams will involve six FP1 sessions, two in-season test days, one pre-season test day in Barcelona and two Pirelli test days.
Latifi will also handle simulator work at Williams’ Grove headquarters and embed with the team on race weekends.
“I’m thrilled to be joining an iconic team like Williams as a Reserve Driver for 2019,” said Latifi.
“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.
“As well as this, a big part of my role will be simulator driving and helping to support the development of the new car.
“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.”
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Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, 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.”
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