Logan Sargeant was unfortunate to miss out on taking a small step to securing his F1 superlicence and a drive with Williams next season.
The Williams development driver has been all but confirmed to be promoted to a permanent race seat for 2022, alongside Alex Albon.
Williams Team Principal Jost Capito revealed over the US Grand Prix weekend that Sargeant would get the seat if he can obtain enough superlicence points.
The American currently has 28 of the 40 superlicence points required to be permitted to race in F1 next season.
He is currently third place in the 2022 Formula 2 Drivers' Championship, which would potentially add another 40 points to his total, more than enough to obtain a superlicence.
As things stand, he needs a minimum of fifth place in the F2 Drivers' standings to obtain a superlicence.
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However, with one round of the F2 season to go, and a maximum of 39 championship points up for grabs, Sargeant could mathematically fall to as low as ninth or tenth place in the standings, which would only be worth 3 or 4 superlicence points.
To help the American achieve his superlicence, Williams have been running him in free practice sessions, with 100km of running worth one extra superlicence point per session.
The intention was for Sargeant to run in FP1 at the Mexican and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix and bring his superlicence points total to 30. This would have meant he would have only required P6 in the F2 standings to qualify for a superlicence.
However, a red flag at the end of FP1 for the Mexican GP dented Sargeant's plan, with the Williams junior falling just a couple of laps away from earning the extra point.
"The two red flags didn't help," Sargeant said after the session.
"To be honest, I think we did everything we could. We did a lot of laps and were on the track as much as possible. It was just a shame."
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