Williams formally announce Logan Sargeant as F1 2023 racer

Williams F1 2023 driver Logan Sargeant. Austin October 2022. Credit: Alamy
Williams F1 2023 driver Logan Sargeant. Austin October 2022. Credit: Alamy

Logan Sargeant has formally been confirmed as a Williams F1 racer for 2023 after securing his FIA Super Licence.

The 21-year-old American was unofficially announced by Williams chief Jost Capito as Alex Albon’s team-mate during a press conference at the United States Grand Prix.

That hinged on Sargeant qualifying for a Super Licence by virtue of his position in the Formula 2 series, as well as additional points gained through mileage accrued for Williams in free practice sessions at the closing races of the F1 season.

By finishing sixth and fifth in the two F2 races in Abu Dhabi, Sargeant ended up fourth in the standings and is set to make his Williams race debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix in early March.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sargeant has been chosen to replace another North American in Nicholas Latifi, who has been dropped by Williams after three seasons with the team.

“It’s a huge honour and a dream come true to be given this opportunity to compete in Formula 1 with Williams Racing,” said Sargeant in the team’s announcement.

“A massive thank you to every person at Williams Racing and Dorilton Motor Sports (Williams’ owners) for the support they have given me since the day I first joined the team at the 2021 United States Grand Prix.

“Being a part of the Williams Driver Academy for the past year has given me an important platform to develop as a driver and prepare me for this next chapter.

“I’m ready and excited to be a part of this journey as the team look to progress up the grid.”

Sargeant will be the first American to race in F1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015 and can look forward to competing at three 2023 races in his native country – at Austin, Las Vegas and, perhaps most excitingly for him, Miami which is only 25 miles south of his home town.

Capito, the Williams CEO and team principal, said: “We are delighted to officially announce Logan as our driver for next year after qualifying for a Super Licence following the final F2 event of the season in Abu Dhabi. Logan completes our exciting driver line-up for 2023 alongside Alex.

“Since joining our Driver Academy at the end of 2021, Logan has been able to fully integrate with the team at Grove while on the simulator and more recently at track during the four free practice sessions he has participated in.

“He has had a strong rookie season in Formula 2 and we are excited to watch him make the step up in Formula 1. We are here to support that journey with him.”

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