Ahead of the Formula 1 2016 season, Renault has named Canadian youngster Nicholas Latifi as their new Test Driver.
Despite competing in this year’s GP2 series, Renault will be putting Latifi through a test schedule that will hopefully make him eligible to gain his Super License so that he can be put in the driver’s seat in at least one Free Practice session during the F1 season.
“Being named test driver for the Renault Sport Formula One Team is something very special – an amazing opportunity,” the 20-year-old told renaultsport.com.
“There’s a lot of history behind the Renault name in F1, so to be a part of that, and get the chance to learn from them and gain expertise in a full factory team, is really going to help my development.
“My dream has always been to reach Formula One, and there’s a lot of hard work still to do, but this is another step towards me fulfilling my potential and earning my place on the grid.
“F1 is totally unlike any other category of motorsport, so being immersed in that environment I’ll be a bit like a sponge – absorbing as much information as possible. Hopefully, I can apply a lot of what I learn to my racing in GP2 this season.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Renault Racing Director, added that they are expecting big things from Latifi and that they are delighted to have snapped him up.
“Nicholas is a fast developing young talent who has competed in a diverse selection of championships in his short career to date,” the Frenchman said.
“We are excited at the prospect of nurturing him into a Formula 1 ready entity at such a dynamic time for the team. As well as contesting the GP2 Series – which is a perfect proving ground for new drivers – Nicholas will go through a programme with us to attain his Super Licence with a view to contesting at least one FP1 session this year. We’re proud to have him on board.”