Nicholas Latifi will be reserve and test driver for the 2018 season of the Force India team. The 22-year-old Canadian is a race winner and nine-time F2 podium finisher in 2017. He will take part in young driver test sessions and participate in a number of Friday practice sessions at Grand Prix events.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity”, Latifi said. “Force India is a team that has shown constant improvement over the last few years. And I’m proud to become a part of one of the success stories of Formula One. I am eager to show the team what I can do and help them as they continue to close the gap to the front of the grid.”
Nicholas Latifi joins Force India as reserve and test driver
Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director of Force India, added: “Nicholas joins us off the back of a strong season in F2 and strengthens our driver development programme. He will support our simulator programme and work with the team during a number of Friday practice sessions next year. We have a long track record of bringing on young talented drivers. And Nicholas will learn a huge amount as he gets embedded in the team, and looks forward to a career in Formula One.”
Pleased to start 2018 by confirming my new reserve and test driver role @ForceIndiaF1. A fantastic opportunity to continue my @F1 development and turn some FP1 laps. #F1 😀 🇨🇦 @RBC @Lavazza #Sofina https://t.co/wpChvefJ3O
— Nicholas Latifi (@NicholasLatifi) January 5, 2018