Nicholas Latifi, a 20-year-old Canadian racer, has joined the Renault Sport Formula One Team as a test and development driver.
Latifi will test enough to gain his Superlicense with plans to do at least FP1 session, and will also participate in the full GP2 Series season with DAMS.
“Being named test driver for the Renault Sport Formula One Team is something very special – an amazing opportunity,” Latifi said. “There’s a lot of history behind the Renault name in F1, so to be a part of that, and get the chance to learn from them and gain expertise in a full factory team, is really going to help my development.
“My dream has always been to reach Formula One, and there’s a lot of hard work still to do, but this is another step towards me fulfilling my potential and earning my place on the grid.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Renault Sport Racing Racing Director added, “Nicholas is a fast developing young talent who has competed in a diverse selection of championships in his short career to date. We are excited at the prospect of nurturing him into a Formula 1 ready entity at such a dynamic time for the team.
“As well as contesting the GP2 Series – which is a perfect proving ground for new drivers – Nicholas will go through a program with us to attain his Superlicense with a view to contesting at least one FP1 session this year. We’re proud to have him on board.”