Williams has confirmed Formula 2 racer Nicholas Latifi will join its Formula 1 operation ahead of the 2019 season, taking up the role of reserve driver.

Latifi, 23, has previously worked with both Renault and, most recently, Force India in F1 as a test and development driver, making five FP1 appearances through the course of the 2018 season.

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The Canadian will continue to balance his racing commitments with an F1 programme in 2019 after being named as Williams' new reserve driver for the 2019 season.

Latifi will offer support to full-time race drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica, the latter having acted as Williams' reserve in 2018 before being promoted into a race seat for next year.

"I'm thrilled to be joining an iconic team like Williams as a Reserve Driver for 2019. It's a fantastic opportunity to continue my F1 development, and to build my on-track experience with more FP1 sessions and the rookie and Pirelli tests," Latifi said.

"As well as this, a big part of my role will be simulator driving and helping to support the development of the new car. I look forward to spending time in the factory at Grove, immersing myself within the team and assisting wherever I can.

"This is an amazing opportunity that I’ve been given and I’m excited to get started."

Latifi will feature in six FP1 sessions, two in-season test days, one pre-season test day in Barcelona and two Pirelli test days across the course of 2019 as part of his role.

"I am delighted to confirm Nicholas Latifi as a Reserve Driver for the 2019 season," Williams F1 deputy team principal Claire Williams said.

"Nicholas has been racing successfully in the junior formula, he has the racing pedigree that we’re looking for and he is incredibly intelligent and diligent. Nicholas will drive in FP1 sessions and at several tests next year. Along with this, he will undertake simulator work for the team.

"We are certain he will be a great fit for the team and we look forward to working with Nicholas next season."