Nicholas Latifi Profile
Nicholas Latifi is a Canadian Formula 1 driver, born in Montreal, Quebec on 29 June 1995.
The former Renault, Force India and Williams test driver takes the seat vacated at Williams by Robert Kubica.
Interestingly, Latifi graduates to Formula 1 without a junior racing series title to his name.
Outside of racing, it seems Latifi likes to dabble in a spot of wake surfing.
Nicholas Latifi Career
Nicholas Latifi drove a Formula 1 car for the first time on 5 May 2016, completing 140 laps at Silverstone in the Renault-powered Lotus E20.
His first test in modern Formula 1 machinery came on 17 May 2017 at the post-race test in Barcelona, driving the Renault R.S.17 and completing 141 laps. He would complete another test for the team at the Hungaroroing.
For 2018, Latifi became a test driver for Force India and made his debut during FP1 at his home race in Canada, going on to appear four more times in FP1 that season.
He made the switch to Williams in 2019 to act as their reserve driver, getting six more FP1 sessions under his belt.
Latifi juggled his Williams commitments with his F2 duties in 2019 - driving for DAMS, Latifi was the closest challenger to Nyck de Vries in the title fight.
The Canadian would pick up race wins in Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Spain and Hungary, but it would be enough only to finish runner-up in the series, while de Vries took the title with 266 points to Latifi's 214.
Latifi's FP1 outings for Williams in 2019 served as somewhat of an audition for the seat which would be vacated by Kubica, and on 28 November 2019, on the final weekend of the 2019 Championship, Latifi was confirmed by Williams as a race driver for the 2020 season.
The Canadian proved his worth to Williams before the season began though, bringing several sponsors with him to the team after they had lost major backers Unilever and Polish oil company Orlen.
Through Latifi, Williams signed new sponsorship deals with the Royal Bank of Canada, Sofina Foods and Lavazza.
Nicholas Latifi Before F1
Nicholas Latifi spent the first three years of his early career in karting before making Formula 3 his first home.
He began in the Italian Formula 3 Championship with Target Racing, claiming one victory on his way to P7 in the overall standings. The Canadian then represented Carlin Racing a year later in the Formula 3 European Championship and British Formula 3 Championship, finishing P5 in the latter competition.
Latifi then switched to the Prema Powerteam in 2014, but was only classified P10 whilst team-mate Esteban Ocon won the Formula 3 European Championship. He also made appearances in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, GP2 Series and the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
The Formula Renault 3.5 Series was Latifi's next main focus in 2015, racing for Arden Motorsport. He would then spend the next four seasons with DAMS in the level below Formula 1 in GP2 and under its new moniker, Formula 2.
He showed his ability to win races in both 2017 and 2018 before launching a full assault on the title in 2019. He fell just short, though, finishing runner up behind Nyck de Vries.
As he continued to ply his trade in Formula 2, he also started making moves within Formula 1 circles. He was a test driver for Renault and Force India before finally landing on his feet at Williams.
Nicholas Latifi Net Worth
2020 marked Nicholas Latifi's first season in Formula 1, but the finances he is reportedly bringing to the Williams team are quite incredible.
Australia's AutoAction.com say their sources told them at the 2019 season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that Latifi's extremely wealthy father Michael Latifi is paying Williams around €30 million per season for his son's place in the team.
How much of that goes into his son's pocket as a salary isn't clear.
Latifi also brings a series of sponsors with him to the Grove outfit in the form of his long-time backers Lavazza and the Royal Bank of Canada, as well as his father's company Sofina Foods.
Nicholas Latifi Family
Nicholas Latifi's father is business tycoon Michael Latifi, while his mother's name is Marilena.
His dad founded Sofina Foods Inc., a Markham, Ontario-based manufacturer of processed animal products, in 2006, becoming its Chairman and CEO.
Through the investment company Nidala (BVI) Limited, which is controlled by Latifi, he invested £200 million in the McLaren Group, making him a 10% stakeholder.
Despite this investment though there has been little talk of his son earning a prominent spot in the team, and McLaren CEO Zak Brown has said this had not been part of any conversation prior to investment.
Very little is known about Nicholas Latifi's personal life - details of any past or current relationships are scarce.