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Renault hands Latifi first F1 outing in Pirelli tire test

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Renault has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will get his first Formula 1 test outing on Wednesday when he takes part in Pirelli’s tire development running in Barcelona, Spain.

Latifi, 21, linked up with Renault last year in a development role, as well as acting as an ambassador for team partner Infiniti in his native Canada.

Latifi has been racing in GP2 (now Formula 2) full-time since 2016, taking two podium finishes in the category, and will now get his first F1 test chance on Wednesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

As part of its development program for 2018, Pirelli will be completing test running with all 10 F1 teams across the course of the year, with Renault staying on after the Spanish Grand Prix for a two-day test.

Jolyon Palmer completed running for the team on Tuesday, with Latifi set for his first run in the R.S.17 F1 car on Wednesday.

“I am extremely honored to get this opportunity and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the R.S.17 at the same venue I’ve just been racing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship,” Latifi said.

“As test driver for the team, I’ve completed a number of different aspects of my program so far, but this is really something special.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team and Pirelli to deliver everything they require from the day.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.