Nicholas Latifi will remain with DAMS for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season.
The Canadian driver will stay with the French squad for a fourth season, having spent the 2016 GP2 Series, the F2 2017 and 2018 season with the team.
Latifi ended the 2018 season with one victory, having taken the chequered flag at the Spa-Francorchamps sprint race. That victory added to his his first victory in 2017 at Silverstone. Latifi ended the 2018 season ninth overall, six positions behind Alexander Albon.
His 2018 season saw him earn a spot in Williams Racing‘s roster as their test and reserve driver, after spending majority of last year testing with Racing Point Force India F1 Team.
Latifi has set one goal for the 2019 F2 season, to compete for the drivers’ title and help his DAMS team to fight for the teams’ title.
“My aims for this year are quite clear, I want to compete for the Drivers’ title and help DAMS win the Teams’ Championship,” said Latifi.
“The potential has been there for us to fight at the front, but we had some bad luck early on in 2018. My best performances came in the last few rounds, so hopefully we can continue that strong form into 2019.
“Driving for DAMS has given me the opportunity to showcase my abilities, which has helped in securing my F1 role with Williams, and I’m excited to be returning for another season.”
DAMS’ Senior team manager, Jean-Paul Driot is satisfied to have confirmed Latifi at the team for the season and hopes to make the push for the two titles next year.
“It is very satisfying to welcome back Nicholas for another year,” said Driot. “He recovered from illness at the start of last season and his performances in the second half showed he was capable of fighting for the title.”
“As we have done in the past, our objective is to fight for both titles. He already has one foot in F1 and we will do everything to help Nicholas into a full-time drive, as we did with Albon.”
Latifi’s team-mate has yet been announced as of yet, but rumors speculate that Brazilians’ Sérgio Sette Câmara could join him at DAMS after spending this year at Carlin Motorsport.