Nicholas Latifi secures Williams test/reserve role for 2019 F1 season

Nicholas Latifi will take up a role as Williams’ test and reserve driver in Formula 1 next season.

Latifi has raced in GP2/F2 since late 2015 and placed ninth in this year’s championship, taking victory at the Belgian Sprint Race.

The 23-year old spent 2016/17 as a test driver for Renault, sampling its R.S.17 mid-season at the Hungaroring, and this year switched to a Force India reserve role, taking part in five practice sessions.

Throughout the 2019 season, Latifi will take part in six FP1 sessions, two in-season test days, one pre-season test day in Barcelona and two Pirelli test days.

Alongside those duties, he will also work with the team both trackside and in the team's factory in Grove whilst undertaking simulator sessions.

"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."

The Canadian will act as back-up to George Russell and Robert Kubica, who held the test/reserve role this year, at the Mercedes-powered team.