It’s been expected for some time, but only today Williams have confirmed Nicholas Latifi will partner George Russell for 2020, replacing the outgoing Robert Kubica.
He was required to finish inside the top five in the F2 championship in order to guarantee himself a superlicense, he currently sites second with a round in hand.
The Canadian has completed six FP1 sessions and three days of testing this year, so many speculated his announcement was just a formality.
He will partner Brit George Russell, who signed a multi-year deal at the start of the 2019 season.
Speaking about the announcement, Nicholas Latifi said;
“I am thrilled to be stepping up as Race Driver for 2020. 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 One debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2020.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, commented;
“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.”