Nicholas Daniel Latifi was born in Montreal, Canada, on 29th June 1995. He shares a mix of Canadian, Italian, and Iranian lineage.
Nicholas Latifi – Early Career
Latifi made his first attempt at karting when he was thirteen. He placed second in the Rotax Junior class of the Canadian National Karting Championship in 2010. He consistently participated in the American and Canadian karting series and won the Florida Winter Tour Championship in the Rotax DD2 class in 2012. In 2015, he participated in the Shifter ROK class of the Florida Winter Tour, racing against ex-Formula One driver Nelson Piquet and Rubens Barrichello.
2) Formula 3
Nicholas Latifi competed with a single-seater for the first time with BVM in the Italian Formula Three Championship. He secured a seventh-place position with one victory at the Vallelunga Circuit and three additional podium finishes. In 2013, Latifi raced in the Toyota Racing Series, standing in the ninth position in the championship. Then, he competed in the Formula 3 European Championship for Carlin Motorsports for one full season. He finished 15th overall, with his two best finishes being fifth place at Red Bull Ring and Silverstone.
Latifi also participated in the British Formula 3 Series, where he finished fifth, with two pole positions and a podium finish at Brand Hatch Circuit. Moreover, he competed in the Masters of Formula 3 race at Circuit Zandvoort in 2013, finishing in seventh place.
Nicholas Latifi joined Prema Powerteam in 2014 and competed in European Formula 3 alongside Esteban Ocon. Latifi secured the tenth position in the entire series, and his best finish was 2nd at Silverstone, where he missed the last round to compete in Formula Renault 3.5. He participated in the Macau Grand Prix in November 2014, ending the race with a fifth-place position.
3) Formula Renault 3.5
As part of Tech 1 Racing, Nicholas Latifi took part in the three last races of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014. He secured second place in the final race at Circuito de Jerez. In 2015, he contested a full-season race for Arden Motorsport, and he ended the season in eleventh place. He had two fourth-place finishes at the circuit Spa-Francorchamps and Red Bull Ring.
4) Sports Car Racing
Nicholas Latifi drove a Ford Mustang for Rehagen Racing in the Continental Tire Sports 2012 race. After that, he competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as a driver for Redline Racing at the Motor Speedway Rockingham in 2012. His first race ended in early retirement, but he placed fourth in his second race. In 2015, he appeared in four races out of eight and secured second place in the first race at Oulton Park Circuit.
5) GP2 Series
Nicholas Latifi participated in the GP2 series for the first time in 2014. He secured the 22nd position and 17th position in the races at Yas Marina. Nicholas, a member of MP Motorsport, participated in four races in 2015 and finished 11th place in Bahrain. He finished 2nd in Barcelona during the first race of the season, which was his best finish. His next sprint race landed him in seventh place.
Although his season started well, he did not finish higher than 10th at Red Bull Ring and 9th at Yas Marina. Towards the end of the season, Nicholas Latifi received 23 points and placed 16th in the championship.
6) Formula 2 Championship
Nicholas Latifi participated in the F2 championship Latifi and kept his seat at the DAMS for the 2017 season. His first GP2/F2 podium came in Barcelona, where he finished third and set the fastest lap. In Baku, he finished third twice before taking second in the main race at Red-Bull Ring. His first victory since 2012 came at Silverstone in any race season.
Latifi finished 2nd and 3rd in the main races at the Hungaroring and Monza, where he set the fastest laps at both tracks. In Jerez, he finished second in the sprint race before finishing third and setting the quickest lap at Yas Marina in the season’s final race. With 178 points, Latifi finished the season in fifth place overall.
In 2018, Nicholas Latifi participated as a driver for DAMS. He earned his first podium at Baku, where he took third place in the sprint race. His second victory in Formula 2 came at Spa-Francorchamps, as he won the sprint race and set the fastest lap from reverse-grid pole position. He came in the second position at Sochi’s main event. At the end of the season, Latifi scored 91 points, claiming 9th place in the standings.
Nicholas Latifi won three races out of five races in Barcelona and Bahrain and Baku’s sprint race. Latifi was leading the championship after three rounds. Latifi did not reach the podium again until the 7th round at Silverstone, where he secured 2nd in a feature race. His last victory came in Hungary before he failed to win at Monza. He ended the season 2nd in the championship with four wins, four other podiums, and the quickest laps.