Logan Sargeant’s F1 Failure Opens Doors for Andretti’s Successful Entry

Published 10/14/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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In 1961, the American flag waved in Formula 1 as Phil Hill became the first-ever American to win an F1 championship. But, ever since the American dream has been lost in the sport. Although American drivers have tried to make a dent in Formula 1 at home, they have largely remained unsuccessful. The ceremonial torch lies with the 22-year-old, Logan Sargeant. However, the underwhelming performance of the Floridian falls short of the American spirit.

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The Andretti name is royalty in American motorsports. Mario, Micheal, and now Marco, have shone in every racing event they have stepped into. From winning the Formula 1 championship to dominance in IndyCar, the family name has amassed love from their home crowd. Banking on this fact and the history, Formula 1 is set to expand the grid in 2026 with an all-American Outfit of the Andretti name.

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Since the departure of Rossi, Logan Sargeant was the only American to be behind the steering wheel. But in seventeen races of the 2023 season, he has scored fewer points, nil, than the reserve driver for AlphaTauri, Liam Lawson. The American driver has crashed not only the FW45, but the American dream that he so graciously adorned is cracking.


In the VF1 show, the hosts said, “If we are talking about the Americas and the United States specifically, we learnt quickly that the Logan Sargeant experiment, it was not going to do much by way of increasing Americans’ caring about the sport at all.” Formula 1 in America has found a booming audience. The cars leave their skid marks not just in Austin, but also in Miami and Las Vegas this year. However, Logan Sargeant has found little love from his home crowd. “He’s not performing at a level that makes Americans want to care,” the hosts said.

Nevertheless, FIA is keen on expanding its audience in the States. “But I will say Andretti has an opportunity to really make a difference from their operations to their history and legacy,” emulated the podcast. The Legacy and History of Andretti is set to make a comeback in the form of the GM-backed Andretti F1 team.

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The all-American Outfit has been rallying the paddock for support. The pedigree of the Cadillac and Andretti is setting the wheel spinning for the American identity in the pinnacle of motorsports. However, for now, Logan Sargeant runs bearing the American flag unnoticed by his home audience.

How has Logan Sargeant failed America?

By September 2022, it was clear Nicolas Latifi was heading for a Formula 1 exit. The Canadian had accumulated a total of seven points since his debut in 2020 with Williams. The seat at the constructor’s, however, did not remain empty as Logan Sargeant slipped right into it for the 2023 season.

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The rookie had a victorious junior career, giving him a front door access to Formula 1. He rose to popularity in 2015 becoming the first American to win a FIA karting championship since 1978. However, ‘not every shiny object is gold’, is the phrase personified by the American driver.

Sargeant retired in the Qatar Grand Prix. Although, with no fault of his own, he has had six DNFs. The insult to injury at Williams was real for the American driver as Alex Albon finished P7 in Canada, where Sargeant DNFed. The failure of his onboarding isn’t lost on the Williams team, as the American driver still awaits a contract. His rookie year, now way beyond salvation, might take the de Vries route.

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Formula 1 and the United States of America have walked in parallel lines occasionally crossing paths. But with Netflix’s successful ‘Drive to Survive’, the popularity of the revving engines has broken every cap in the States. However, the lack of American identity is still punishing the sport. But shifting gears with the Andretti legacy, the American flag might soon fly at eagle heights in Formula 1 again.

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Ashanya is a greenhorn F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With her passion for F1 erupting post 'Drive to Survive', she is no drama fanatic. Her background as a science graduate lends her writing extensive research, from going through races and post-race interviews to reading through countless articles.
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