Nicholas Daniel Latifi (born 29 June 1995) is a Canadian racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Williams Racing under the Canadian flag. He made his Formula One debut at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix and is the 2019 Formula 2 runner-up.
Born in Montreal, Latifi grew up in North York, Toronto. He is the son of Michael Latifi, an Iranian-Canadian businessman who is the CEO of Sofina Foods, Inc. and also owns a British Virgin Islands company Nidala.His mother, Marilena Latifi , a Canadian-Italian with Sicilian parents, was born into the Saputo family which founded the dairy company Saputo Inc. Latifi has three siblings; Soph, Michael and Matthew.
That ascension into racing’s top category was largely thanks to his most impressive season to date in Formula 2 in 2019, with Latifi who’d finished a disappointing ninth in the series’ 2018 standings pulling up his bootstraps to claim second in the championship.
That result, combined with the Williams/Robert Kubica union failing to mesh in 2019, meant Williams made the call to promote their affable Canadian reserve driver to a full-time drive alongside George Russell for 2020.