Williams is shaking up their line up for the upcoming 2020 season, as they replace veteran Robert Kubica with a rookie Nicholas Latifi.
Latifi will drive alongside George Russel in the nest Formula One season. Kubica announced his departure back in September and the move isn’t a surprise.
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“We look forward to him stepping up into this new role, as we look to fight our way back to the midfield,” said Claire Williams, deputy team principal.
Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1995, Latifi began racing in 2009. In 2012 he appeared for the first time in a single-car championship, in Italian Formula 3. He won his first race that year. The next season, he transferred to the FIA European Formula 3 championship, which is considered the main avenue for young drivers on their way to Formula One.
Unfortunately, the 2013 season wasn’t very successful for Lafiti, as he finished 15th. He didn’t manage to win a single podium in the season. He had more success next year and in Silverstone, the second race of the season, he claimed his first podium in F3.
In 2015, Latifi drove both GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 Series. He managed to finish tenth. In 2016, he finally snagged a permanent seat in GP2 with DAMS. In the first race, he finished second. Unfortunately, that proved to be his only podium in that season. At the end of the year, he was hired by Renault as a test driver. The F1 experience proved crucial, as his next Formula 2 season was his most successful to date. He scored one win and eight podium places that season, enough for the fifth place in the final standings.
With this latest announcement, the full Formula One line up is now complete for the 2020 season.