Logan Sargeant takes first step towards racing for Williams

Logan Sargeant will replace Nicholas Latifi in 2023 after he secured the required amount of super licence points to compete in Formula 1.

The Williams team will be full of change next season, as the team continue their hunt to replace team principal Jost Capito and technical director François-Xavier Demaison after their surprise departure.

Alongside a major shake-up behind the scenes, Williams’ driver lineup will be changing ahead of next season, as rookie Logan Sargeant take the place of Nicholas Latifi, who had failed to impress in his three years with the team.

There was initially doubt over whether the American would be able to race in Formula 1 next season, as it came down to the final race of the season to decide whether Sargeant would have enough super licence points to step up a series.

The 21-year-old’s championship position of fourth ensured that he secured enough points to take Williams up on their offer of a race seat for next season.

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Before being able to drive for the team, Sargeant must complete a number of formalities over the winter break, with a seat fitting being at the top of the list for the American, a task which he has recently completed.

“We had to do a couple of pours to get it right, I wasn’t completely happy with the first one,” said Sargeant when asked about his recent fitting.

“But I think the second one went really well, I was super comfortable. All square and in the position I want to be.

“Now it’ll go off to get scanned and hopefully she fits good when I get out on track.”

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Sargeant will not be the only rookie on the grid in 2021, as he will be joined by Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri and Oscar Piastri at McLaren, as a new wave of drivers look to make their mark in Formula 1.

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The American’s arrival at Williams will see Alex Albon move into a more senior role with the team, as the new leadership will look to lean on the Thai driver’s experience with the likes of Red Bull for an insight as to what it takes to become regular points contenders.

Sargeant became Williams’ preferred choice of replacement for the departing Latifi as it became apparent that Nyck de Vries, who stood in for Albon in Monza, would be joining AlphaTauri rather than them.

Following his seat fitting, Sargeant will be itching to get going at Williams, as the days count down until pre-season testing officially begins.