The Rokit Williams Racing team announced on Thursday on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the 2019 Formula One season that Canadian Nicolas Latifi has joined the Grove based outfit for 2020.

Taking to Twitter the Canadian said:

‼️ Announcement ‼️

Extremely excited to say that I will be driving for @WilliamsRacing in the 2020 F1 season! A dream come true for me and it still hasn’t really sunk in! I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped me along the way!

#F1 #WeAreWilliams #WeAreRacing

Rokit Williams Racing deputy team principal Claire Williams said:

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.”

Latifi who will make his debut alongside George Russell went on to say:

I am thrilled to be stepping up as Race Driver for 2020. 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 One debut at the Australian Grand Prix in 2020.”

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