21-year-old American racer set to replace Nicholas Latifi at Williams

Logan Sargeant is the star driver in Williams' Academy.

Logan Sargeant is looking increasingly likely to replace Nicholas Latifi at Williams next season, with Nyck de Vries now the favourite to replace Fernando Alonso at Alpine.

Alpine appear to be in control of what could be an enormous shake-up in the paddock, if they sign Frenchman Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri.

Gasly had been the favourite to replace Fernando Alonso at the Enstone-based team, but Mercedes reserve driver De Vries is now the favourite to replace the 2020 Italian Grand Prix winner.

De Vries massively impressed on his shock debut at Monza, after being called up prior to FP3 to replace Alex Albon, who’d been diagnosed with appendicitis.

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The Dutchman not only made it to Q2, but he went on to match the British team’s best result of the season, after finishing in ninth place.

De Vries made a mockery of Latifi, who is still yet to score a point this season.

Remarkably, Latifi is currently P21 in the Drivers’ Championship, with the Canadian’s fate looking all but certain.

It’s difficult to imagine a world where Latifi retains his Williams seat, especially having been beaten so comfortably by De Vries on his debut.

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The 27-year-old is being considered by Alpine, AlphaTauri and Williams; however, AlphaTauri appears to be where the Dutchman will go, if Gasly does leave.

Should De Vries move to AlphaTauri, then this would open the door for Williams Academy driver and Formula 2 driver Sargeant, who has impressed during his debut season in the junior category.

Williams team principal Jost Capito is confident that the American is “ready” to make another step up, and partner Albon.

Capito has said that he’s got a “good choice of drivers” to consider, should Latifi be dropped.

Whilst Sargeant seems to be the obvious option, should De Vries go elsewhere, there is no guarantee the American will be eligible for a seat in F1 next season.

Sargeant needs to finish in the top five in the F2 Drivers’ Championship in order to accumulate enough superlicence points, he’s on track to achieve this with the American currently in third.

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If Sargeant somehow doesn’t claim a top five finish, then Williams may turn their attentions to Mick Schumacher, who is looking increasingly likely to be dropped by Haas.

The 23-year-old is without a contract next season, with his future as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy also in doubt.

Should he leave the FDA and Haas, then Capito may opt to swing in and swoop up the 2020 F2 World Champion.