Latifi joins Force India as reserve driver
5 January 2018 – Force India has signed Nicholas Latifi as its test and reserve driver for the 2018 season.
Canadian racer Latifi, 22, placed fifth in last year's Formula 2 standings, taking one victory and eight further podium finishes.
He will take part in young driver test sessions and participate in a number of Friday practice sessions at Grand Prix events with Force India.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity," said Latifi.
"Sahara Force India is a team that has shown constant improvement for the last few years and I'm proud to become a part of one of the success stories of Formula 1.
"I am eager to show the team what I can do and help them as they continue to close the gap to the front of the grid."
Force India team boss Vijay Mallya added: "Nicholas joins us off the back of a strong season in F2 and strengthens our driver development programme.
"He will support our simulator programme and work with the team during a number of Friday practice sessions.
"We have a long track record of bringing on young talented drivers and Nicholas will learn a huge amount as he gets embedded in the team, and looks forward to a career in Formula 1."