Williams hand Latifi consecutive FP1 outings

Mexico City, Mexico

 

Mexican Grand Prix – Williams have confirmed that Nicholas Latifi will participate in three FP1 sessions between now and the end of the season.

As Williams continue to assess their driver options for 2020, Canadian Formula Two racer Latifi will take part in free practice one in three of the final four Grands Prix of the season.

Working around his Formula Two schedule, Latifi will drive the FW42 at the Mexican, United States and Brazilian Grands Prix, before resuming his role at the DAMS team for the Formula Two season finale in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m really excited to get back in the car in Mexico as it feels like a long time since my previous outing at Spa,” said Latifi.

“I got the chance to drive in Mexico last year in FP1, so I am familiar with what to expect. It’s quite a unique track because of the elevation, so you have a lack of grip, which makes it challenging.

“As always, my goal remains the same for FP1, to have a clean session and help guide the team going into FP2.”

Williams’ Senior race engineer Dave Robson confirmed that Latifi will use Robert Kubica’s car in Mexico, before switching to Geroge Russell’s car in Austin. A decision hasn’t yet been made on which driver will step aside for is outing in Brazil.

“Nicholas joins us this weekend for the first of three consecutive FP1 sessions. This weekend he will drive Robert’s car, before taking over George’s car in Austin,” said Robson.

“Nicholas has done an extremely good job each time he has driven the car this season and we look forward to welcoming him back and getting his impression of the latest upgrades.”

Kubica has already confirmed that he will leave the Williams team at the end of the season, and the team are yet to confirm who will partner Russell at the team in 2020.

Latifi has already taken part in numerous practice and test days this season, which has added to his 2018 test mileage for Racing Point, and is currently second in the Formula Two championship. This would give him enough qualification points for a Formula 1 Super Licence.

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