Formula 2 racer Nicholas Latifi will make his Formula 1 debut next season, after Williams opted to promote him from his role as the British team’s reserve driver, and it now means the 2020 grid is complete.
The Canadian will replace Robert Kubica, who opted to leave Williams after just a single season, and will race alongside George Russell – who will contest his second year with the outfit.
Latifi knows Williams well and has experience behind the wheel having taken part in six free practice sessions this term, most recently last time out in Brazil.
The 24-year-old, who has previously performed test duties for Renault and held the reserve role for Force India, is currently second in the F2 championship – in what is his third campaign – with one round to go.
“I am thrilled to be stepping up as Race Driver for 2020,” said Latifi. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team this year, supporting them with the development of the car, and assisting wherever I can trackside and at the factory. I look forward to the journey ahead with the team, and I am excited to make my Formula 1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2020.”
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams added: “I am delighted to announce that Nicholas will be stepping up to the role of Race Driver to partner George in 2020.
“All of us at Williams have been immensely impressed at what he has achieved this year in FIA Formula 2, along with his commitment to the team, and the work that he has put in behind the scenes.
“Nicholas has become an established and well-respected member of Williams, and we look forward to him stepping up into this new role, as we look to fight our way back to the midfield.”