Logan Sargeant is the primary American driver in Formula 1 since 2015 as he replaces Nicholas Latifi at Wiliams; there are three races within the United States within the 2023 Formula 1 calendar as the game heads to Miami, Las Vegas and Austin
By Megan Wellens
Last Updated: 17/01/23 5:00pm
Logan Sargeant says it’s a dream come true to hitch the Williams workforce and start his Formula One journey
Entering the F1 paddock comes with an immense quantity of strain for any driver, none extra so than Williams’ latest star Logan Sargeant.
Sargeant, 21, was revealed because the substitute for Nicholas Latifi ultimately yr’s USA Grand Prix and because the solely American in a sport that’s taking off within the United States, he is aware of all eyes will likely be on him as he takes the following step in his profession, his focus already switching to proving himself on motorsport’s greatest stage.
“Obviously it’s tremendous particular to be the primary American driver shortly,” mentioned Sargeant.
“With three Grand Prixs [in America], that’s going to be enjoyable. Miami is simply on my doorstep so I’m actually wanting ahead to that one.
“It is perhaps a little bit bit of additional strain, however, on the finish of the day, I put lots of strain on myself and the expectations are excessive.
“We simply have to get the job executed.”
As he groups up with Alex Albon at Williams, Sargeant turns into the primary American driver within the sport since Alexander Rossi in 2015, the final American to win a race being Mario Andretti again in 1978.
The strain will likely be mounting because the season attracts nearer, however Sargeant has at all times made certain to recollect he’s dwelling out his dream for a workforce who’ve supported him for thus lengthy.
Sargeant completed fifth within the remaining F2 function race of 2022 to safe his tremendous licence
“It is unquestionably a dream come true. I really feel like 16 years of onerous work, the burden was lifted off my shoulders that we made it right here,” he added.
“Then you instantly suppose, now the true work begins making an attempt to maintain my place in Formula 1 going ahead.
“The stars undoubtedly must align and you need to be in the correct place on the proper time.
“Williams has supported me a lot because the finish of final yr and so they gave me a lot confidence all year long that this seat was up for grabs if I did my job.
“Going into that final spherical, I wanted to get my tremendous licence and the strain was on to maximise the weekend and we did.
“I’m simply wanting ahead to doing my finest for them sooner or later.”
Williams workforce principal James Vowles denies Mercedes management rival F1 workforce
Newly-appointed Williams workforce principal James Vowles insists the workforce won’t turn out to be a “mini-Mercedes” following his transfer from the Silver Arrows.
Williams introduced on Friday that Vowles will take over as workforce principal on February 20 forward of the brand new season, ending his 13-year run with Mercedes.
James Vowles (L) with Lewis Hamilton
Vowles, who departs his place as technique director, offers an extra hyperlink between the 2 groups, who’re already tied by Mercedes having equipped Williams with engines since 2014.
Meanwhile, Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff is a former proprietor and director of the British workforce, and Silver Arrows driver George Russell spent three years at Williams earlier than partnering Hamilton for the primary time final season.
“I would not contemplate it a mini-Mercedes,” Vowles mentioned on Friday. “Williams is an extremely unbiased workforce in its personal proper, which has shaped its personal historical past, its personal heritage.
Vowles had been at Mercedes because the workforce’s inception in 2010
“Williams is a wholly unbiased organisation, and moreover, it is one which my success is topic and depending on me doing a superb job there, and that needs to be unbiased of Mercedes.
“It does not imply that Mercedes and ourselves will not have collaboration in some type or one other, there was collaboration earlier than I joined, however I’ve to do what’s finest for Williams from right here onwards.”