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Albon reveals expectations for Sargeant's rookie F1 season

Alex Albon will step up as team leader at Williams in 2023, with rookie Logan Sargeant joining the squad for his F1 debut.

Alex Albon is expecting new teammate Logan Sargeant to be able to "learn very quickly" in his debut F1 season for the Williams team. Sargeant will be one of three rookies on the grid in 2023, with the 22-year-old making the step up after finishing the 2022 Formula 2 championship in fourth place. Albon, meanwhile, takes on the role of team leader as he enters into his second year at Williams, a responsibility that he is looking forward to having. "It's not something [where] you kind of stand up and say, 'Right, now I'm a team leader'. It just evolves to be that way, just with the experience that you start to get," Albon told media, including RacingNews365.com . "My time at Red Bull and Toro Rosso contributes a lot to that feeling [that] I know what direction [we need] to go in and the areas we need to improve. "That being said, I still feel like I do want to put myself in a position where I am really getting my hands dirty and getting involved in all the situations where I can help [to] develop the car, and really push in the areas that I feel are limiting us in terms of performance."

Albon on the 'same page' as Sargeant

While Sargeant – who took part in some Free Practice 1 sessions for the team in 2022 – has not been a part of Williams for long, Albon feels that their feedback on the car is already similar. "With Logan, he has driven the car a little bit last year," Albon said. "But he's quick, and the feedback that we've got [from] driving the sim[ulator], it's been very comparable. "We're talking about the same things so, in terms of a feedback point of view, I think we're on the same page. "Of course, [with] the little things [and] details, like any rookie, he'll get up to speed quickly. I'm sure he's talented enough to pick up the experience and to be able to learn very quickly."

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