Nicholas Latifi handed three further FP1 outings with Force India

Nicholas Latifi has been handed three further free practice outings with the Force India team during the final leg of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Latifi has already been behind the wheel of Force India's VJM11 on three occasions during a grand prix weekend this season, with the Canadian racer taking up FP1 duties in Canada, Germany and most recently Russia.

The team's 23-year-old test and reserve driver will take up Esteban Ocon's seat for this weekend's United States Grand Prix and then again in Mexico a week later, whilst Sergio Perez will sit out the opening practice session for the penultimate round in Brazil.

"Our reserve and test driver, Nicholas Latifi, will see plenty of free practice action in the final rounds of the 2018 championship with the young Canadian taking part in three further FP1 sessions before the end of the season - starting in Austin," the team confirmed.

"Nicholas, who has already been in the car for three FP1 sessions, will reprise his testing roles at the USA, Mexican and Brazilian events. He will be standing in for Esteban Ocon in Austin and Mexico City, while deputising for Sergio Perez in Interlagos."

It's not clear if the three additional outings had originally been agreed upon prior to Force India's recent takeover, or whether they relate to the sale which was orchestrated by a group of Canadian investors.