Force India sign Nicholas Latifi as 2018 F1 test and reserve driver

Sahara Force India has today announced that Nicholas Latifi will be joining the Silverstone based squad for the 2018 campaign.

Latifi will undertake the dual role as the teams reserve driver for race weekends, along with an extensive simulator programme.

The 22-year-old Canadian, a race winner and nine-time F2 podium finisher in 2017, will take part in young driver test sessions and participate in a number of Friday practice sessions at Grand Prix events.

Nico Hulkenberg, Paul Di Resta and the late Jules Bianchi have all previously used the Force India reserve role as springboards to full-time F1 race seats.

British youngster George Russell had been in the running for the 2018 Force India position after the Mercedes junior impressed for the team in two practice outings at the end of last season.

Nicholas Latifi: “I’m really excited about the opportunity. Sahara Force India is a team that has shown constant improvement for 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.”

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal & Managing Director of Sahara Force India: “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.”

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