Brazil GP: Logan Sargeant to replace Nicholas Latifi to get Super Licence points

Logan Sargeant will replace Nicholas Latifi next season if he gains the required super licence points.

With Formula 1 heading to Brazil for the penultimate race of the 2022 season, Williams have confirmed that Logan Sargeant will yet again step into the car to take part in a practice session.

The American will be driving for Williams in place of Nicholas Latifi, should he acquire the super licence points that he needs to be eligible for a Formula 1 seat.

Super licence points will be given out based on finishing positions in the F2 championship, meaning that the final race in Abu Dhabi will be vital for the American, with a single position being the difference between a Formula 1 seat and a year on the side lines.

Another way a driver can gain points is to complete 100km in a Formula 1 car, which is normally done in a practice session.

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The 21-year-old drove in practice for Williams in Austin and Mexico, but the red flag disruptions in Mexico City caused Sargeant to fall short of the 100km boundary, therefore not gaining any points, but he will have another attempt to boost his 2023 F1 chances in Brazil.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the FW44 for FP2 in Sao Paulo,” said the young American driver.

“I can’t wait to keep progressing with the team and building on the experience I gained in Austin and Mexico City.

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“To be given the opportunity to drive at such an iconic track like Interlagos with its banked corners and the Senna S is a great feeling. A massive thank you once again to everyone at Williams for giving me another chance to get behind the wheel.”

Teams usually given the young drivers a run out during FP1, so for Sargeant to be given a chance to drive in FP2 came as a surprise for some, but there is reasoning for William’s decision.

Alex Albon’s car will be in Park Ferme on Saturday, meaning that no alterations can be made on the car, before qualifying and the sprint race, so it makes more sense to the team if Albon can have the chance to tune the car to his liking in FP1, before handing the car over to Sargeant, while the team are unable to work on the car anyway.