Motor racing: Canadian Latifi replaces Kubica at Williams for 2020

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ABU DHABI (Information) – Canadian Nicholas Latifi stated his dream had come true after Williams introduced on Thursday he could be making his Method One debut in 2020 as Robert Kubica’s alternative.

Method One – Brazilian Grand Prix – Apply – Jose Carlos Tempo Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 15, 2019 Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in motion throughout apply Information/Amanda Perobelli

The 24-year-old, who’s second within the Method Two feeder sequence with two races remaining this weekend, is already the British workforce’s reserve and has pushed for them in six apply periods this season.

“For me, it’s a dream come true and one thing I’ve been working in direction of for nearly half my life,” Latifi stated in an announcement forward of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“It nonetheless feels a bit surreal. I don’t assume it should sink in absolutely till I’m on the grid in Melbourne subsequent yr.”

Latifi’s appointment alongside Mercedes-backed Briton George Russell, who made his debut this yr, fills the final vacant spot on the 2020 grid.

“Nicholas has turn into a longtime and well-respected member of Williams,” deputy workforce principal Claire Williams stated. “We stay up for him stepping up into this new function as we glance to battle our manner again to the midfield.”

Former world champions Williams are at present final within the total standings.

Kubica, who made his Method One comeback this season after a near-fatal rally crash in 2011, has scored the workforce’s solely level.

The 34-year-old has been outperformed by Russell, nonetheless, and introduced in September that he could be leaving the workforce.

He has been linked with a transfer to U.S.-owned Haas in a reserve or simulator driver function.

Latifi, who can convey invaluable funding to the workforce along with his billionaire father already having invested in McLaren, had been a number one candidate to interchange Kubica.

“I can’t wait to take the following step ahead as a full-time race driver,” he stated.

“I don’t underestimate the problem forward, going into F1 as a rookie, however I’m extraordinarily motivated and decided to offer it my all.”

His affirmation implies that Nico Hulkenberg, who’s being changed at Renault by Frenchman Esteban Ocon for 2020, is now positive to depart the Method One grid after Sunday’s race.

Reporting by Abhishek Takle; Enhancing by Shri Navaratnam/Alan Baldwin