Williams Academy driver Sargeant set for first F1 run in Young Driver Test
Williams Academy Driver Logan Sargeant will get his first taste of Formula 1 machinery when he drives for the team in the end of season Young Driver Test at Yas Marina Circuit.
Sargeant, 20, who finished seventh in F3 this season, joined Williams’ junior programme this year as part of a “long-term agreement”.
The test, which takes place on Tuesday after the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, will help the American correlate the work he’s doing in the simulator, which is focused on car development.
“I can’t wait for my first run in a Formula 1 car and want to thank the team for trusting me with this amazing opportunity,” said Sargeant, who also made his F2 debut last weekend in Jeddah.
“I’ve been spending time in the factory at Grove and getting to grips with the simulator, which has helped me get an initial feel for the characteristics of the FW43B, but to be able to get out on track will be an incredible experience and one that I won’t forget."
I’ll be going into the test looking to perform the best I can and to learn as much as possible from the team
“I’ll be going into the test looking to perform the best I can and to learn as much as possible from the team.”
Williams Sporting Director Sven Smeets, who started at the team in November, added: “I’m very much looking forward to seeing Logan in the FW43B and I’m pleased that Williams can provide him with his first outing in Formula 1 machinery; I’m sure it will be a very special moment for him.
“While we won’t be running a ‘mule car’ using the 18-inch Pirelli tyres, the test will still be beneficial for the team. It will also be an incredibly valuable opportunity for Logan to fully understand how we operate trackside.
“I know that having such an immersive experience will only build upon his evident skill and allows the team to continue to support his development whilst capitalising on his talent.”