Logan Sargeant’s seat is confirmed: America WILL have its first Formula One driver in EIGHT years as rising star gains enough Super License points in F2 finale to seal Williams contract
- Logan Sargeant was given an F1 seat for 2023 if he could get his Super License
- On Sunday, he finished fourth in F2 championship to secure the required points
- He will now become America’s first Formula One driver since Alex Rossi in 2015
- The 21-year-old replaces Canadian Nicholas Latifi at Williams for next season
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Logan Sargeant has successfully gained enough Super License points to confirm his Formula One seat for 2023, meaning America has an F1 driver for the first time in eight years.
Sargeant, 21, was told by Williams in October that he had secured a drive with them next year, but his contract was dependent on him finishing the season strong in Formula 2.
Heading into the final race in Abu Dhabi this morning, Sargeant needed to secure fourth in the F2 championship to be successful, and his fifth-placed finish did enough to get him over the line, and win himself F2 Rookie of the Year in the process.
Logan Sargeant has confirmed his spot on the Formula One grid with Williams next season
The young American finished fourth in the F2 Championship to gain his Super License today
The American will take the place of Canadian Nicholas Latifi, who will drive for Williams for the final time in F1, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Until now, there has not been a US driver in the sport since 2015, when Alexander Rossi participated in five races.
The last American to win a race – incredibly – was in 1978, when Mario Andretti won the Dutch Grand Prix on his way to securing the drivers’ championship that year.
Prior to that, Phil Hill is the only other American world champion, earning his own title in 1961.
Sargeant’s rise to the top of the Formulas comes amid Williams’ other targets ending up elsewhere on the grid, creating an opening for the 21-year-old.
The 21-year-old rising star will become America’s first Formula One driver since 2015
Sargeant (right) will be replacing Canadian Nicholas Latifi (left) at Williams for 2023
Nyck de Vries has been picked up by AlphaTauri for 2023, while Oscar Piastri – after being close to signing with Alpine – will now drive for McLaren in place of his fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
Speaking when the Williams drive was officially announced on October 22, team principal Jost Capito said of Sargeant: ‘We feel he’s ready to race. Under the condition that he has enough Super License points after Abu Dhabi, he will be our second driver next year.
‘He’s had one season in F2, and I’m a fan of getting young drivers as quick through as possible into Formula 1 because the series below, the cars compare to Formula 1 cars… so get him in as quick as possible and find out if he’s capable of staying in Formula 1 for a long time, which we believe he is.
‘His first year in F2, and he won races, and he has been qualifying very strong all these years in his career – and we believe he’s absolutely ready to get into Formula 1.’
Sargeant will be the first American driver in F1 since Alexander Rossi (pictured) in 2015