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Williams to 'reward' junior driver with F1 weekend debut

A member of the Williams Academy will make a debut appearance at an F1 race weekend when the United States Grand Prix takes place in October.

Williams have confirmed that Formula 2 driver Logan Sargeant will make his F1 weekend debut by driving the team's car in Free Practice 1 at his home event. Sargeant – a member of the Williams Academy – is set to get behind the wheel of the FW44 over the United States Grand Prix weekend in October, where he will take over from Nicholas Latifi for the session. The 21-year-old has had an impressive start to the 2022 F2 campaign, during which he has earned two race victories as well as two further podiums, and currently sits third in the Drivers' standings.

Sargeant looking forward to "special" opportunity

Sargeant is thrilled to have been given the opportunity, and admits that it is particularly special for him to do this on home ground. "I'm super excited to be given this opportunity to drive my first Free Practice in Austin," Sargeant said. "To be given the chance at the US Grand Prix is something extremely special to me. A massive thank you to Williams for putting the trust and belief in me to do a good job. "The goal for me will be to learn as much as possible in the new generation of cars. I'm looking forward to making the most of this experience and really enjoying it."

FP1 outing a "reward" for Sargeant

Sven Smeets, Sporting Director at Williams, added that the team felt it was right to "reward" Sargeant for his strong performances in Formula 2. "Logan has demonstrated a great level of ability and maturity so far this season through his accomplishments both on and off the track," Smeets explained. "He's delivered race winning performances in Formula 2 matched by his hard work during simulator sessions. It felt only right to reward these achievements with the opportunity for him to take part in a Free Practice session at Austin. "We're looking forward to seeing him get behind the wheel of the FW44 and seeing how his performance and feedback help the team's preparations for the race in Austin." This will mark the second FP1 outing for a junior driver in the Williams in 2022, with Nyck de Vries having driven the FW44 over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

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