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    Williams have shared plans for a ‘season launch’ – during which they will show off their 2023 livery – as the team look to climb off the foot of the F1 standings this year.

    Amid a challenging run of form, Williams have classified last in four of the last five seasons (P8 in 2021 being the exception), with the 2022 campaign yielding only eight points.

    Looking to 2023, the Grove operation will stage a pre-season launch event on their official website at 14:00 GMT on February 6, in which Alex Albon and new team mate Logan Sargeant will be on hand to show off the team’s 2023 colours.

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    Williams are one of several squads to field a revised driver line-up this year, with American rookie Sargeant replacing Nicholas Latifi after finishing fourth in the 2022 F2 standings.

    “It’s a huge honour and a dream come true to be given this opportunity to compete in Formula 1 with Williams Racing,” said the 22-year-old, who becomes his country’s first Grand Prix driver since Alexander Rossi in 2015.

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    Logan Sargeant steps up to F1 with Williams in 2023 after starring in F2 and F3

    “A massive thank you to every person at Williams Racing and (owners) Dorilton Motor Sports for the support they’ve given me since the day I first joined the team at the 2021 United States Grand Prix.

    “Being a part of the Williams Driver Academy for the past year has given me an important platform to develop as a driver and prepare me for this next chapter.

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    “I’m ready and excited to be a part of this journey as the team looks to progress up the grid.”

    Alongside a revised driver pairing, Williams will head into 2023 under a new team boss, with Jost Capito having departed late last year amid a merry-go-round of managerial changes – though his replacement is yet to be announced.