Nicholas Latifi will make his Formula 1 debut next season after being confirmed alongside George Russell at Williams to replace the outbound Robert Kubica.

Latifi, who races in Formula 2 for DAMS, has endured his most successful F2 season to date, claiming four victories to sit second place in the drivers’ championship with two rounds remaining.

The Canadian’s first taste of F1 machinery came in 2017 when he tested for Renault, before leaping across to Force India as the team’s reserve driver a year later.

He joined Williams at the beginning of 2019 in a reserve driver role, and has driven in six FP1 sessions across the season for the Grove-based outfit, where he will be promoted to a full-time race seat.

“I am thrilled to be stepping up as race driver for 2020,” said Latifi. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team this year, supporting them with the development of the car, and assisting wherever I can trackside and at the factory.

“I look forward to the journey ahead with the team, and I am excited to make my Formula 1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2020.”

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams added: “I am delighted to announce that Nicholas will be stepping up to the role of race driver to partner George in 2020.

“All of us at Williams have been immensely impressed at what he has achieved this year in FIA Formula 2, along with his commitment to the team, and the work that he has put in behind the scenes.

“Nicholas has become an established and well-respected member of Williams, and we look forward to him stepping up into this new role, as we look to fight our way back to the midfield.”

It now means the 2020 F1 grid is complete, with all 10 teams having now confirmed their driver line ups for next year.