Who Is William’s New American Recruit – Logan Sargeant?

Published 11/21/2022, 5:00 PM EST

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America has thirsted for an F1 driver for more than 7 years now. The last American to drive a Formula 1 car was Alexander Rossi in 2015. However, things are about to change as Williams Racing announced that Logan Sargeant will partner Alex Albon in 2023. But what is all the buzz surrounding the American sensation? Let’s find out!

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Sargeant got to celebrate his F1 seat for Williams as he finished the F2 season in P4 as a top rookie. The American sensation is a product of Williams own racing academy and the Grove-based team wanted to back one of their own. Some might argue if Sargeant is really ready for the job, but as they say, if you never try, you’ll never know.

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Sargeant went head-to-head with Oscar Piastri in F3 and almost beat the Aussie. Like Logan, Piastri will also be making his F1 debut in 2023. Sargeant finished the F2 campaign in 4th position with 148 points. He was just one point shy of Liam Lawson (P3). But the important thing for him wasn’t the top 3 finish in F2’s driver’s championship, it was to get the job done to earn enough super license points, which he did!

Oct 21, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Williams Racing driver Logan Sargeant (45) of Team USA drives during practice for the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Subsequently, the 9 WCC title winners will hope for more of the same from Sargeant next year in his rookie season. Furthermore, his nationality will help Williams with an added advantage on the sponsorship side. Formula 1 is growing rapidly in America and Williams will be looking to use it to their advantage.

Can the latest Williams recruit break the American deadlock?

The last American to win a Formula 1 race was Mario Andretti in 1978. He won the Dutch GP a whopping 44 years ago. To date, he remains one of the most successful American drivers with 12 wins and a world championship. However, with the structure and number of races way different from what it was back then, Logan Sargeant will be hoping to use it to his advantage.

He has already featured in an FP session with Williams Racing to get to speed ahead of his debut next year. The American has been impressive in F2, winning important races and posting stunning times in qualifying.

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Still only 21 years old, Sargeant can emulate George Russell’s career trajectory and earn himself a big move to one of the top teams in the division. This will boost his chances and edge him closer to Andretti’s record of 12 race wins. However, he’ll have to consistently perform at par with his teammate Alex Albon, who has already driven in a big team like Red Bull.

Moreover, Williams’ decision to sign Logan Sargeant is not a fickle one. Despite growing uncertainties about Nyck de Vries and Mick Schumacher’s future, Sargeant forced the British constructors to pay attention to him with his F2 outings.

Therefore, it would be unfair to say that Sargeant doen’t deserved the opportunity to race in F1. It will certainly be exciting to see an American race in F1 again.

Logan Sargeant shares his feelings after signing for Williams

After getting the required points in his final F2 leg, Logan Sargeant became the final man to complete the driver’s line-up for next F1 season. The American was delighted to secure the super license points and looks set to impress his CEO and team principal, Jost Capito.

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“It’s a huge honor and a dream come true to be given this opportunity to compete in Formula 1 with Williams Racing. A massive thank you to every person at Williams Racing and Dorilton Motor Sports for the support they’ve given me since the day I first joined the team at the 2021 United States Grand Prix,” said Sargeant.

He continued, “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 looks to progress up the grid.”

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Logan Sargeant will hope to hit the ground running with one of the most legendary teams in the sport. It will be intriguing to see if the rookie can adapt quickly to the standards of Formula 1. Do you think the American driver can rise up to the challenge and make Jost Capito and his team proud?

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.
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