Nicholas Latifi gets next three FP1 sessions with Williams

Nicholas Latifi in action for Williams

Williams has confirmed that test and reserve driver Nicholas Latifi will drive the FW42 across the next trio of FP1 sessions, as part of his 2019 duties.

Latifi joined Williams, following prior spells at Renault and Force India, to act as back-up to George Russell and Robert Kubica.

Latifi has so far carried out three of his six allocated FP1 sessions, in Canada, France and Belgium, and he will return to action in Mexico, before further runs in the United States and Brazil.

Latifi has competed in the Formula 2 championship this season, taking four victories, and currently holds second in the standings, with Mercedes Formula E newcomer Nyck de Vries having already wrapped up the title.

Latifi will replace Kubica in FP1 in Mexico, before taking over Russell’s car in the United States, while his Brazil run plan has yet to be determined.

“I’m really excited to get back in the car in Mexico as it feels like a long time since my previous outing at Spa,” said Latifi.

“I got the chance to drive in Mexico last year in FP1, so I am familiar with what to expect.

“It’s quite a unique track because of the elevation, so you have a lack of grip, which makes it challenging.

“As always, my goal remains the same for FP1, to have a clean session and help guide the team going into FP2.”

Williams still has a vacancy alongside Russell in its 2020 driver line-up.