Nicholas Latifi: “The double-podium is great!”

Nicholas Latifi took two third-place finishes in Azerbaijan - Credit: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

Nicholas Latifi had by far his most impressive weekend of his FIA Formula 2 Championship career around the streets of Baku, with the Canadian finishing third in both the Feature and Sprint races.

The DAMS driver was also delighted to have a strong qualifying performance in Azerbaijan, with the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team development driver admitting that this has been a weakness of his so far in 2017, but he put the lap together when it mattered to qualify third on the grid, six places clear of his championship-contending team-mate Oliver Rowland.

Latifi stayed out of trouble in both races, securing a strong third on Saturday, while a great start moved him from sixth to fourth to move into contention on Sunday, from which he was able to claim a second podium of the weekend and the third top-three result of the season.

“There were lots of yellow flags and safety cars in practice, but I was confident with the car,” said Latifi. “It was my best qualifying in F2 so far, it has been our weakness this year, but I managed to put a great lap together.

“In every race so far this year I’ve moved forwards during the race. I felt comfortable where I was and brought the car home in third.

“I got a really good start again in the Sprint, it was tough to manage but the double-podium is great!”