Latifi: ‘No link’ between £200m and McLaren seat

Date published: May 29 2018

Nicholas Latifi has said that there is “no link” between his father’s £200million investment in the McLaren Group and a future race seat for himself.

Last week, Michael Latifi invested in the McLaren Group, leading to suggestions that his son would be pushed into a seat with the F1 team.

The company which made the investment, Nidala, is believed to be named after Latifi Jr. Shorten Nicholas David Latifi and you get Nidala.

However, the F2 driver, who currently races for DAMS in the series, says he is not bothered about what people think of the move.

“Not that I am concerned with what the general public thinks, obviously, but it does, let’s say, paint that picture of me,” Latifi told Motorsport.com.

“I think a lot of people don’t realise it is not a sponsorship, it is an investment in the company,” he continued. “It is not a ‘I’m going to put this money in and you buy my son a race seat’.”

Latifi is currently Force India’s test and reserve driver, having held the same role at Renault in 2017. The Canadian has said that it does not change his attitude.

“It doesn’t really affect my job,” the DAMS driver added. “There is no link between me as a driver and those investments.

“I want to build my career based on what I do on the track.

“I don’t think it is going to draw more attention to me than I already had.”

The Canadian needs a top-five finish in the F2 championship to secure enough points for a superlicence.

However, the 22-year-old has struggled this year, and sits in P10. His team-mate, on the other hand, Alexander Albon, has been on pole for the last three races.