#6 Nicholas Latifi

Nationality Canadian
Date of birth 29 June 1995
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age 25
Height 182 cm
Weight 70 kg
F1 career 2020 –
Best classification 21 (2020)
Races started 17
Best race classification 11 (x3)
Podium places 0
Pole positions 15
Front row 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Races led 0
Official website https://www.nicholaslatifi.com/

Biography

Nicholas Latifi started his career in single-seater racing at the age of 17 in the Italian Formula 3 Championship for JD Motorsport where he finished seventh with one win in 2012 and also competed in the British F3 (5th place) and European F3 in 2013 (15th place) for the Carlin team.

In 2014, the Canadian drives six races in Formula Renault 3.5 for Tech1 Racing and the entire season in European Formula 3 for Prema Powerteam in which he finishes 10th in a standings with one podium. He also tested a GP2 car for Racing Engineering and Hilmer Motorsport for three days.

Latifi continued to compete in Formula Renault 3.5 for Arden Motorsport in 2015, but competes for the first time in the GP2 series in which he drives seven races for MP Motorsport, without scoring a single point.

In 2016, Latifi drove the first full season in the GP2 series for MP Motorsport, finishing in 16th place with one podium, and in 2017 he finished fifth in the new F2 championship, which replaced the GP2 series, with DAMS (one win and nine podiums). He also tested an F1 car for the first time at the Hungaroring where he drove the Renault R.S.17.

In the second F2 season in 2018, Latifi failed to improve his final standings of the season and finished ninth with one win for DAMS, but tested for another three days for Force India and drove in the first five free practice sessions on Friday for the same team.

The Canadian in 2019 becomes a member of Williams Racing Driver Academy and drives for their F1 team in the six free practice sessions on Friday, and with the DAMS team in Formula 2 he finishes second in the drivers’ standings behind Nyck de Vries with four wins and eight podiums.

Nicholas Latifi Williams F1 2019 Photo Williams F1 Twitter
Latifi became test and reserve driver for Williams F1 team in 2019 (Photo: Williams)

In his first F1 season Latifi was a teammate to the promising Russell and the Williams FW43 was somewhat more competitive than in 2019, thanks to a drop in Ferrari engine power that slowed down their closest rivals Haas and Alfa Romeo.

Williams was still the slowest car, but he narrowed the gap behind Haas and Alfa and Russell often fought to make it to Q2, unlike Latifi who achieved just one Q2 placement in Hungary where he started 15th.

Russell also kept a perfect qualifying score against his team mates in Williams against Latifi (16:0), from which he was on average half a second faster, but he also suffered his first qualifying defeat in Formula 1 from Bottas in a Mercedes at the Sakhir GP.

Latifi finished 11th in the first race of the season in Austria in which Russell retired, and finished 11th twice more, at Monza and Imola. In the only weekend in which his teammate was not Russell Latifi managed to beat Aitken in qualifying for 0.144 s, but in the race he retired due to problems with oil leak in his power unit.

Had Russell not driven for Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix and scored three points, Latifi would have been ahead of him in the drivers’ standings as he has three 11th places while Russell in Williams has only finished 11th at the Tuscan Grand Prix.

Williams has decided to keep Latifi and Russell for 2021 and are one of only three teams to have kept the same driver line-up as in 2020.

2020 Austrian GP Nicholas Latifi Williams FW43 Photo Williams
2020 Austrian GP Nicholas Latifi Williams FW43 Photo Williams