Latifi was signed as a test driver for the company earlier this year, and is currently in the midst of a long-term development program with Renault Sport Racing.

It was quite the welcome for Canadian Renault Sport Formula One test driver Nicholas Latifi this week when he visited Infiniti's headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario to a large crowd of employees and, presumably, fans.

Lafiti wasn't just at the headquarters to shake some hands - he also picked up a dark blue Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, which is a worthy vehicle for a race car driver. It features a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that produces a generous 400-horsepower, which is a noticeable step up from non-Red Sport Q50's. It starts at $54,600, which is a $15,000 premium over the base Q50 2.0T AWD.

The 29-year-old Latifi has made a name for himself since he started his racing career in karting back in 2009.

"I've dreamt of accessing Formula One for as long as I can remember, and I am extremely excited to be making my debut as a test driver this year with the Renault Sport Formula One team," Lafiti said in a statement. "It is an incredible honour to be putting Canada back on the Formula One grid after so many years."

The 29-year-old Latifi has made a name for himself since he started his racing career in karting back in 2009. He's appeared in the Toyota Racing Series, Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5, and then on March 14 of this year, he officially joined Formula One as a test driver. He joins Esteban Ocon, Carmen Jorda, and Sergey Sitorkin as Renault Sport Formula One's current test drivers.

The Canadian driver has most recently taken part in the GP2 Series on team DAMS. He's still looking for his first win, though he's reached the podium once, finishing second in the first race of the season in Spain.

The future looks bright for Latifi, and there's every reason to believe that with Infiniti's support, he'll be stepping up to many more podiums.

Source: Infiniti

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