Nicholas Latifi was the surprise addition to the race two podium at the ninth and final round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in Jerez.

The Canadian - racing in only his third FR3.5 round this weekend - was second in an action-packed second race after qualifying fourth. His time in the World Series by Renault signalled an end to his season in European F3 where he endured mixed fortunes.

Speaking to Crash.net after the race, the 19-year-old admitted that his fortunes this weekend were better than expected as he prepares to test for Strakka and Lotus at the same Spanish circuit next week.

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"Going into the weekend, I was definitely not expecting it," he explains. "Yesterday, we had to come into the pits because we had a mechanical problems but the pace was there so I thought we could do well today."

When the series rookie debuted at the Nurburgring, he found that the style of the 3.5 litre challenger suited him well. His podium is Tech 1 Racing's second of the season after Marco Sorensen's top three finish in Monaco.

"We were definitely looking for points this season but at my first race at the Nurburgring I realised that this suited me more than the European F3 car so we've achieved more than expected.

The power and downshift is definitely the main difference; higher power cars seem to suit me better."

Latifi is expected to join the 2015 grid full-time next year but is yet to formally announce his plans.