Williams to run Sargeant in two further FP1 sessions in 2022
American Logan Sargeant will get more Formula 1 mileage to aid his bid for a race seat in the championship next season after Williams announced he will run in FP1 in both Mexico and Abu Dhabi, as well as the end-of-season Young Driver Test.
Sargeant had his first taste of F1 machinery when he drove in first practice at the Circuit of The Americas, in place of Nicholas Latifi – and is considered favourite to get the nod to drive alongside Alex Albon next season.
He is currently third in the F2 championship with one round to go in Abu Dhabi, and needs a top-five finish to secure enough Super Licence points to race in F1.
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The 21-year-old will borrow Albon’s car in Mexico and Latifi’s in Abu Dhabi before getting a full day in the car at the Young Driver Test at Yas Marina Circuit.
Williams also say he will be “completing a number of private testing days and extensive simulator work” adding to the development work he already carries out as part of his Williams Academy role.
“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,” said Sargeant.
“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.
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“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.”
Williams Sporting Director Sven Smeets added: “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.
“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.”