Latifi: F2 results will determine F1 chances
11 August 2017 – Renault-affiliated Formula 2 driver Nicholas Latifi says his results across the remainder of the campaign will determine whether he has a chance to step up to a Formula 1 race seat in 2018.
Latifi, who has conducted private running in old Mercedes and Renault machinery, sampled the French manufacturer's 2017 package during in-season testing at the Hungaroring.
Several candidates are understood to be on Renault's list for 2018, including Robert Kubica and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr., while Latifi's DAMS F2 team-mate Oliver Rowland feels he is second favourite.
Latifi holds fourth position in the F2 standings in his second full-year in the category, two places and 43 points behind team-mate and ostensible Renault rival Rowland.
Latifi reckons how he performs at the remaining events at Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Jerez and Yas Marina will decide his 2018 F1 chances.
"Honestly, I'm not thinking about what's going to happen next year yet, as we still have eight races left in F2," Latifi said when asked by GPUpdate.net of his prospects.
"I know ultimately that how I finish in that, and my results, will be the best factor in determining whether or not I graduate to a race seat."
Latifi nonetheless explained that it was "difficult" to demonstrate his pure pace to Renault during the Hungary test, after a planned performance run was shelved due to technical issues.
"Not being able to do the performance running [makes it] a bit, let's say, difficult to show that side of things, the raw speed, and the pace, as I didn't have the opportunity to do that.
"But being a Formula 1 driver is not only about putting in one quick lap, but also the feedback, being able to get through a programme.
"I'm quite happy we did the main priority stuff.
"For what happens next year, I can't really predict that just yet."