Nicholas Latifi: “It was a great team result with the one-two”


Nicholas Latifi finished on the podium in the Feature race - Credit: Hone/FIA Formula 2

Nicholas Latifi continued his strong run of form in the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Hungaroring, with the Canadian taking a second and a sixth place finish across the two races.

The DAMS driver was annoyed to have been blocked during qualifying in Hungary, which he felt denied him the opportunity to start on the front row of the grid, but he was running third late in the Feature race before capitalising on Artem Markelov’s late race crash to jump up to second.

Latifi had a run on his team-mate Oliver Rowland heading towards turn four but found the opportunity to pass the Briton taken away from him by the introduction of the safety car, which forced him to follow him all of the way to the chequered flag.

Despite a not-so-good getaway on Sunday, Latifi was still able to make progress, finishing sixth to consolidate his fourth place in the championship standings, with the Canadian just eight points behind Markelov heading into the summer break.

“Free Practice was really promising and we could have started on the front row alongside Oliver had I not been blocked on my fastest lap during qualifying,” said Latifi.

“During the Feature Race I was by far the quickest on track. It was a great team result with the one-two, if I started a little higher up I might have won the race. I didn’t get the best start on Sunday, but we still moved forwards and overall it’s been positive.”