Canadian System 2 driver Nicholas Latifi will be a part of Williams as a reserve driver in 2019.

Latifi joins the group from Drive India, the place he held the function of check and reserve driver this 12 months. In his new function with Williams he’ll participate in six Friday observe classes, one pre-season check and two in-season exams.

The 23-year-old scored one victory in F2 this 12 months on the Spa-Francorchamps dash race and completed the season ninth general.

“I am thrilled to be becoming a member of an iconic group like Williams as a Reserve Driver for 2019,” he stated. “It is a implausible alternative to proceed my F1 improvement, and to construct my on-track expertise with extra FP1 classes and the rookie and Pirelli exams. As effectively as this, an enormous a part of my function can be simulator driving and serving to to assist the event of the brand new automobile.

Nicholas Latifi is leaving Drive India to be a part of Williams in 2019. Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto by way of Getty Photos

“I look ahead to spending time within the manufacturing unit at Grove, immersing myself inside the group and helping wherever I can. That is a tremendous alternative that I have been given and I am excited to get began.”

Claire Williams, deputy group principal, added: “I’m delighted to verify Nicholas Latifi as a Reserve Driver for the 2019 season. Nicholas has been racing efficiently within the junior method, he has the racing pedigree that we’re trying for and he’s extremely clever and diligent.

“Nicholas will drive in FP1 classes and at a number of exams subsequent 12 months. Together with this, he’ll undertake simulator work for the group. We’re sure he can be an incredible match for the group and we glance ahead to working with Nicholas subsequent season.”

Williams confirmed its 2019 driver line-up on the ultimate race of the season in Abu Dhabi, with Robert Kubica due to race alongside F2 champion George Russell.

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