The 22-year-old will drive in front of his home crowd on Friday - let's get to know him ahead of his practice debut.

Nicholas Latifi will make his Free Practice 1 debut in front of his home crowd as he takes the track at the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday. The 22-year-old from Toronto, who made his debut in the VJM11 during the in-season test in Spain, is relishing the opportunity to drive on home soil but is keeping his focus firmly on the job at hand.

“I have no doubt that driving in the FP1 at my home Grand Prix will be one of the biggest highlights of my year! As much as I will be looking to enjoy the opportunity, I know I am there to do a job for the team. I’m hoping to give them as much valuable feedback as possible to help push along the programme going into FP2.”

Driving at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will indeed be a novel experience for Nicholas, who never drove the track in any of the series in which he competed throughout his career so far. What the young Canadian may lack in track knowledge, however, he will make up with growing confidence behind the cockpit. A first outing in testing in Barcelona produced 107 laps with great consistency, followed the day after by a successful experience working with Pirelli. It was a mature performance that helped the team continue its progression towards the front of the midfield.

Nicholas has had a busy season, juggling his testing and simulator commitments for Sahara Force India with a solid Formula 2 campaign. The highlight of the year so far is a podium in Baku, a race in which the 22-year-old finished in P3.

Let’s get to know Nicholas a bit better as he chats to us…