Logan Sargeant’s dream of becoming a fully-fledged Formula One driver came another step closer to reality after the famous Williams Racing F1 team, partnered by Acronis, announced that the American will participate in further FP1 sessions in 2022.
In addition, Sargeant will also compete in the important end of season Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
With the announcement that Nicholas Latifi will be leaving the team at the end of the season, it appears increasingly likely that the native Floridian will step into the vacant position after impressing in both last year’s Young Driver Test and in the FP1 session at this year’s US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) October 22, 2022
“I’d like to start by saying thank you again to Williams Racing and Dorilton Motor Sports for giving me the opportunity to drive on home turf yesterday here at COTA,” commented Sargeant in his team’s press release.
“It was one of the most enjoyable moments of my career so far. I’m very grateful to be given further time in the FW44 at Mexico and Abu Dhabi.
“My aim is to make the most of every minute in the car and with the team to build on the progress I’ve made in Austin and throughout my time on the simulator at Grove.”
Sargeant’s next steps towards his ultimate goal will be to take over Alex Albon’s Williams FW44 for the opening 60-minute practice session for the Mexico City Grand Prix, then the outgoing Latifi’s car at the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
For now, however, Sargeant has another task in hand in finishing the Formula 2 season on a high.
“Of course, my focus is on finishing my Formula 2 season in Abu Dhabi in the best position possible, and I’m sure my time in the FW44 will keep me sharp and ready for the F2 finale.”
Sven Smeets, Sporting Director of the Williams Racing team, added his ringing endorsement for a driver that is surely destined to be on the starting grid in Bahrain next year.
“Logan showed a high level of understanding during his FP1 debut in Austin and provided useful feedback to help in the team’s preparations for the rest of the weekend,” commented Smeets.
“We are providing Logan further opportunities in Mexico and Abu Dhabi to integrate himself with the team trackside in both Free Practice sessions and the Young Driver Test as we work hard to support Logan in his efforts towards earning the FIA Super Licence.
“It’s great that as a team we can provide invaluable time for Logan to get behind the wheel of the FW44 to continue his development as a Williams Academy Driver and harness his talents.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how Logan progresses this season and finishes out his last race of the season in Formula 2.”
TEAM UP WITH ACRONIS
Prominent once again on the nose of the car and on the front wing endplates this season are the team’s official cyber protection partner Acronis. Williams Racing uses Acronis technology to add extra layers of protection to its IT infrastructure, protecting hundreds of servers and endpoint devices.
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— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) October 19, 2022
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— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) April 6, 2022
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