Nicholas Latifi will not participate in free practice for his home Grand Prix at Montreal for the Renault Sport F1 team, his management team have confirmed.
The Canadian is scheduled to take part in one free practice session during the 2016 season, but due to his GP2 Series commitments and his focus on having a strong season with the DAMS team.
The twenty-year-old had his first test with the team on Thursday, running 140 laps of Silverstone in a 2012 E20, a car from the Enstone-based team’s previous incarnation of Lotus.
“No announcement yet on where Nicholas will drive FP, but I can confirm that it will not be in Montreal,” said the spokesman for Latifi’s management team to Motorsport.com.
“Nicholas will not be taking part in the FP1 session in Montreal. This is a decision that has been taken for practical reasons because of the proximity of the Canadian Grand Prix to the third round of the GP2 Series in Baku just a week later.
“It’s an important time for Nicholas because it’s the start of his first full season in the GP2 Series and that’s where his focus needs to be at this time.
“Nicholas will still drive in at least one FP1 session this season as part of his role as a Renault Sport Formula One Team Test Driver and we hope to give more details on that very soon.”