Logan Sargeant has been confirmed as Williams' second driver for the 2023 season, taking the final seat on the grid. The American driver was already unveiled as Williams' intended driver for 2023 but was made to complete the Formula 2 season and wait to be officially announced as an F1 driver for next season. Junior drivers must acquire enough qualifying points to obtain a superlicence in order to race in Formula 1. Having earned 30 superlicence points through his junior career and FP1 outings, Sargeant went into the final F2 weekend in Abu Dhabi needing just P6 in the Drivers' Championship to reach the 40-point threshold for earning a superlicence. A finish of P6 in the Sprint race and a P5 in the Feature race secured P4 overall in the Drivers' standings, which completed the final hurdle in his quest for an F1 drive. Sargeant, the first American driver in F1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015, will replace Nicholas Latifi and race alongside Alex Albon for 2023.
Sargeant 'ready' to progress with Williams
Speaking at the announcement, Sargeant paid tribute to the Williams development programme, which he joined just over one year ago. "It’s a huge honour and a dream come true to be given this opportunity to compete in Formula 1 with Williams Racing," commented Sargeant. "A massive thank you to every person at Williams Racing and 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. "I’m ready and excited to be a part of this journey as the team looks to progress up the grid."