Nicholas is only the second Canadian to earn a place on the F1 grid in more than a decade. The 25-year-old has blazed an impressive trail to the top of the motorsport pyramid.
Securing a race seat with Williams Racing is the result of a single-minded and successful motorsport journey for Nicholas who only started karting at the comparatively late age of 13.
Having tasted success in his native Canada and realised his talent for wheel-to-wheel racing, Nicholas’s career moved into top gear – and across the Atlantic – as he confidently graduated through the Formula Three, Formula Renault 3.5 and FIA Formula Two championships in Europe and beyond.
A driver with a natural flair and an uncanny ability to adapt quickly, Nicholas shone in test and development roles with the Renault and Force India F1 teams before he arrived at Williams in 2019 as reserve driver.
A programme of testing, simulator work and participation in six FP1 sessions was completed alongside Nicholas’s final F2 campaign with the DAMS squad and his progression to F1 comes after his most successful season to date in the F2 category.
Claiming four wins and eight podiums guaranteed Nicholas the F2 Vice Champion title – and marked him out as a driver worthy of a full-time F1 drive.
Williams Racing, the third most successful team in F1 history, duly rewarded Nicholas with the keys to its #6 FW43 machine for the 2020 season.