Latifi set for Renault F1 practice run-out later in the year

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Renault Sport racing director Frederic Vasseur has confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will be with the team for next weekend’s Formula 1 race in Canada ahead of a practice run-out later in the season.

Latifi, 20, joined Renault at the beginning of the season in a development role that would run alongside his commitments in GP2 with DAMS.

The Canadian racer had been tipped to take part in practice in Montreal next Friday, but will instead use the weekend to get used to working with the team ahead of his first F1 practice session later in the year.

“We will have our test driver Nicholas Latifi joining the team to get an insight into how an F1 team works over the course of a race weekend,” Vasseur said.

“Nicholas had a strong start to his GP2 Series season with his Barcelona podium even if his weekend in Monaco was more challenging.

“He will drive in FP1 later in the year so his weekend in Canada is vital preparation.”

Latifi finished second in the first GP2 race of the season last month in Barcelona, but retired from both legs of the Monaco weekend last time out.

When he eventually makes his practice bow, Latifi will become the first Canadian to take part in an F1 weekend session since Robert Wickens enjoyed a one-off appearance with Marussia in FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2011.