Nicholas Latifi takes podium in Abu Dhabi

Canadian Nicholas Latifi stepped on the podium in the final event of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Nicholas Latifi takes podium in Abu Dhabi
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Podium: Race winner Charles Leclerc, PREMA Powerteam, Second place Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix & Third place Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Press Conference. Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS

Driving for French team DAMS, Latifi took third place in the Sprint Race, as fellow Renault Sport F1 Development Driver Oliver Rowland had his Feature Race victory stripped off him after a technical infringement.

The Toronto native had a quiet start to the Formula 2 finale, going 15th in the morning session, before improving to 12th in qualifying. “We could’ve been around the top five in qualifying, but I made a mistake on my second set of tyres and lost a lot of time, which was always going to make it more difficult in the Feature Race,” said Latifi.

The Canadian showed strong pace on the soft compound tires later in the Feature Race, as he fought through to finish seventh - which turned into fifth after penalties were applied. He impressed during the Sprint event, as he scored his ninth podium of the season with third.

“I struggled with tire management earlier in the Feature Race, but in the end we came on stronger,” Latifi declared. “I had a really good start on Sunday and wanted to get the win for the team after Saturday’s disappointment, but we didn’t quite have the pace. Still, it’s great to finish the season with another podium.”

Latifi ranked fifth in the final drivers’ standings with 178 points. Charles Leclerc took the title with 282 points ahead of Russian Artem Markelov (second with 201 points) and Briton Oliver Rowland (Latifi’s teammate at DAMS), third with 191 points.

 

shares
comments
Norris: I must win F2 to prove I'm as good as Leclerc
Previous article

Norris: I must win F2 to prove I'm as good as Leclerc

Next article

Fukuzumi set for 2018 F2 graduation with Arden

Fukuzumi set for 2018 F2 graduation with Arden
Load comments
What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum? Prime

What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Prime

How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Prime

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Prime

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Prime

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place on the F1 grid

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Prime

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books Prime

How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype.

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive Prime

The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive

Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends.

FIA F2
Apr 22, 2021