The Williams Formula 1 team wants to start next season with American driver Logan Sargent. The 21-year-old Sargent will still have to get the super license needed to race in the first class next year. He gets a “driving license” if he achieves a certain number of points, for example by driving kilometers in a Formula 1 car and finishing a Formula 2 race. Sargent is third in the standings in the “climbing category”.
The American was already allowed to drive the first free practice run for Williams for the US Grand Prix in Austin (Texas) on Friday. He will do the same next week in Mexico and in mid-November at the final race in Abu Dhabi. Sargent will also be allowed to play for Williams at the end of the season in the young driver’s test.
“If Logan gets the super license, he’ll be one of our regular drivers next year,” team boss Jost Capito said at the press conference in Austin. “We think he’s fully prepared for that.”
Williams previously announced that Thailand’s Alex Albon will also drive to the stable next year. Canadian Nicholas Latifi has to leave. Nick de Vries was in the picture to replace Latifi, but the Dutchman chose AlphaTauri after his sensational Formula 1 appearance a few weeks ago at Monza as a replacement for ailing Albon (ninth in the Italian Grand Prix).
So Williams ended up with Sargent, who is already part of British racing stable training. The American has won two Formula 2 races this year, and the season in that category ends in conjunction with Formula 1 on November 20 in Abu Dhabi.
Sargent will become the first American Formula 1 driver since Alexander Rossi in 2015.
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