Williams’ quest to replace the disappointing Nicholas Latifi for 2023 was an unorthodox one to say the least, as the team were forced to wait until the conclusion of the Formula 2 season in Abu Dhabi to know the future of their driver line-up.
The team had selected 21-year-old Logan Sargeant to replace the Canadian but despite the American taking part in a number of free practice sessions for Williams, he still did not have the required amount of super licence points to compete in Formula 1.
Sargeant needed to top up his points balance at the F2 season finale in Abu Dhabi and an eventual fourth place finish in the champions saw the American qualify for a place in F1 next season.
The 21-year-old will want to hit the ground running, as the whole of the USA get behind their first driver on the grid since Michael Andretti in 1993, however Sargeant has suggested that he is currently focusing on the hard work and appreciating the opportunity handed to him by Williams rather than worrying about and pressure.
“It’s exciting, and it’s definitely a privilege to even have this opportunity,” said the American.
“These opportunities come around every once in a lifetime and now it’s my job to make the most of that. It comes down to the pressure of making sure that I prepare for that the best I possibly can, physically, mentally, as well as getting as well acquainted with the team as I can.
“That’s the goal, and hopefully we can perform next year.”
Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ has caused an influx of American fans into the sport, who have now been able to see behind the scenes and develop a stronger understanding for what was once considered a European sport.
Formula 1’s change of ownership to American-based company Liberty Media has also seen the sport grow in the USA, with three races in Miami, Austin and Las Vegas set to take place in the US next year.
Born in Florida, Sargeant will be looking forward to the fifth race on the calendar for 2023 after the cancelation of the Chinese Grand Prix, as F1 returns to Miami for its second Grand Prix, giving the American an early opportunity to impress in a home race.