Nicholas Latifi named the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s 2018 Rising Star

Toronto racer Nicholas Latifi has been named the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Rising Star Award winner for 2018.

A reserve and test driver Racing Point Force India F1 Team, the 23 year-old continues to move closer to his dream of a seat in Formula One while competing one step below on the ladder in the Formula 2 Series.

“Nicholas’ wins and podiums in Formula 2 prove that he’s a driver to watch and a rising Canadian star,” said CMHF chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.

“Personally, it was terrific to watch Nicholas get his first official Formula One session under his belt in opening practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday morning of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.  It was only a glimpse of what’s to come.

Latifi races for the DAMS team in the F2 and lies ninth in the championship this year, a position that does not reflect his performances.  Unfortunately, Latifi’s season has been punctuated by several incidents not of his making that have robbed him of results.  He has one win and three podiums this year after ending 2017 fifth overall in points with one win and nine podiums.

After a successful karting career in Canada, Latifi has spent most of his career racing in Europe, competing in Formula 3 series in Italy and Britain before graduating to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.  In 2016, began racing Formula 2 (then known as GP2) full-time and signed as a test and reserve driver for the Renault Sport F1 Team.  In 2018, he took a test and reserve driver spot with Racing Point Force India F1 Team.

“I am honoured that the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame has selected me to receive this award,” Latifi said.

“Representing Canada to me is something quite special.  There are not a lot of Canadians racing in Europe at the level I’m racing at right now, and I hope to eventually make the step to Formula One and put another Canadian on the grid.”

The CMHF Rising Star Award will be one of the highlights of the 24th CMHF Induction Ceremonies at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Oct. 20, 2018.

The CMHF’s class of 2018 announced earlier this year will also be inducted on Oct. 14:  builders Francois Dumontier, Jim Robinson, John Sambrook and Jim Tario and competitors Doug Crosty, Douglas James “D.J.” Kennington, Scott Steckly and Jacques Villeneuve.

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