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.”