Latifi: Driving in FP1 at home is the highlight of my year!

Formula 2 driver Nicholas Latifi will make his FP1 debut on home tarmac when he does duty for Force India in FP1 on the Friday morning of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

Latifi is currently competing for DAMS in Formula 2 where he lies tenth in the championship after eight rounds. The Formula 1 feeder series supports grands prix in Europe and some in Asia but the is not on the support bill for the weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

The 22-year-old Canadian said of the opportunity, “I have no doubt that driving in the FP1 at my home Grand Prix will be one of the biggest highlights of my year! As much as I will be looking to enjoy the opportunity I know I am there to do a job for the team.”

“I’m hoping to give them as much valuable feedback as possible to help push along the program going into FP2,” added Latifi whose family has recently bought into McLaren Group.

Force India chief Vijay Mallya explained why the team signed Latifi to their development programme, “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 1.”

Latifi has previously tested for Force India during official testing in Barcelona, at Circuit de Catalunya, in May this year.