Logan Sargeant stated he was prepared for Components One and had excessive expectations after Williams confirmed he’ll race for it subsequent season because the championship’s first US driver since Alexander Rossi in 2015.
The announcement on Monday got here after the 21-year-old Williams academy driver secured a Components One super-licence in Sunday’s season-ending Components Two race in Abu Dhabi.
Florida-born Sargeant, who has been residing in London for the previous 5 years, completed fourth general within the feeder series and was rookie of the yr.
He replaces Canadian Nicholas Latifi alongside British-born Thai Alex Albon at Williams, former champions who completed the season final within the constructors’ standings, and completes the 2023 beginning grid.
“I really feel like I’ve put in as a lot work as anybody else to achieve this level and I simply have to arrange the very best I probably can to be the very best driver I can probably be subsequent yr,” Sargeant advised reporters on a video name from Abu Dhabi.
“Hopefully, that’s ok to remain in F1 for a very long time.”
“I don’t assume it’s any further stress,” he stated of being an American in a sport with three U.S. races and a fast-growing fanbase in his homeland due to the Netflix ‘Drive to Survive’ docu-series.
“I’ve excessive expectations for myself as it’s.”
Williams had stated on the US Grand Prix in Austin final October, the place Sargeant took half in first follow, that he can be racing for it subsequent yr offering he secured the licence.
“We imagine he’s completely able to get into Components One,” workforce boss Jost Capito stated then.
Components One has for years been wanting to have a US driver, with Crimson Bull not too long ago thwarted in a bid to signal Colton Herta for its AlphaTauri workforce as a result of the IndyCar racer lacked a super-licence.
Sargeant, who moved to Europe as a teenager and has progressed by the assorted junior series, stated he preferred to assume his nationality was only a “comfortable coincidence” in his attending to Components One.
He stated waking up on Monday as a Components One driver felt very pure and he was at dwelling within the workforce.
“I really feel like I’ve had an excellent junior components profession and I’m simply trying ahead to closing that chapter and transferring on to the following,” he stated, including that he had but to resolve his driver quantity.
Sargeant completed third within the 2020 Components Three championship, 4 factors behind Australian winner Oscar Piastri who will probably be making his race debut with McLaren subsequent season.
“There was by no means any friction. We’ve been buddies since karting,” he stated. “Every part he’s finished I’m very comfortable for him and I hope we are able to each achieve success coming into F1.”
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Publish date: 2022-11-21 19:28:17
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