Podcast Saturday: Jonathan Green talks to F1 driver Nicholas Latifi

In 2013 a young Canadian driver turned up on the grid of the Toyota Racing Series. Little did we know that Nicholas Latifi would eventually make his Formula One debut as a ROKiT Williams Racing driver when the 2020 season gets underway.

He didn’t really stand out in 2013, finishing in the top ten 7/15 times but never on the podium or in the top five. He finished ninth overall and went on to compete in the FIA F3 European and British F3 champs later that year.

In 2014 he did another season in F3 European as well as competing in both Formula Renault 3.5 and a couple of GP2 races.

Nicholas Latifi competing at Teretonga Park in the 2013 Toyota Racing Series, Photo: Terry Marshall/Euan Cameron Photography

A full season in Renault 3.5 in 2015 was a prelude to four seasons in GP2, with his best championship result in 2019, finishing second to Nyck de Vries.

He’s been a F1 test driver since 2016, first with Renault, then Force India/Racing Point and finally with ROKiT Williams Racing .

Jonathan Green and Speed City Broadcast caught up with Latifi and talked with him about eSport, team mate George Russell, the disappointment of not being able to make his F1 debut in Australia and waiting to get the F1 season underway.

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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