“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” said Latifi, who was test driver for Renault’s F1 team in 2016 and 2017.
“Sahara Force India is a team that has shown constant improvement for the last few years and I’m proud to become a part of one of the success stories of Formula One. I am eager to show the team what I can do and help them as they continue to close the gap to the front of the grid.”
Vijay Mallya, Force India’s team principal, added: “Nicholas joins us off the back of a strong season in F2 and strengthens our driver development programme. He will support our simulator programme and work with the team during a number of Friday practice sessions next year.
“We have a long track record of bringing on young talented drivers and Nicholas will learn a huge amount as he gets embedded in the team, and looks forward to a career in Formula One.”
Latifi has participated in one F1 test to date, completing over 200km with Renault in Hungary’s post-race session last year.