June 20, 2024
Logan Sargeant insists there’s no ‘additional strain’ being first American F1 driver since 2015

Logan Sargeant has moved to minimize speak surrounding his nationality as he prepares to make his F1 debut and finish America’s virtually decade-long wait for an additional Grand Prix driver.

America boasts a wealthy historical past in F1, together with world champion drivers Phil Hill and Mario Andretti, the race-winning Penske crew, and a bunch of occasions at iconic venues throughout the nation through the years.

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However whereas Haas arrived as one other US-led crew seven years in the past, the nation has skilled a driver drought throughout the identical interval, with Alexander Rossi the final American to achieve F1 in 2015, racing for Manor, and Scott Pace the final to finish a full season in 2006, with Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri).

That may change in 2023, although, as Williams promote their academy star, 22-year-old Sargeant, who gained two races en path to fourth in final 12 months’s F2 standings, having beforehand caught the attention in F3 and F4.

Logan Sargeant insists there’s no ‘additional strain’ being first American F1 driver since 2015

Sargeant steps as much as F1 with Williams as an F2 race winner

As he will get able to replace the F1 report books, Sargeant made clear that he’s not feeling the burden of expectation, together with his focus firmly on making the game his house for a few years to return.

“I really feel like, on the finish of the day, I’ve put in as a lot onerous work as anybody else to achieve this level. I simply have to take a look at it as, ‘put together the most effective I probably can to be the most effective driver I can probably be’ subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Sargeant, when requested concerning the duty of being an American driver.

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“Hopefully I can signify [the country] effectively and make them proud. I don’t suppose it’s any additional strain, to be sincere. I’ve excessive expectations for myself as it’s.”

With F1’s recognition just lately booming within the US, which is ready to host three races this 12 months, Sargeant was additionally requested whether or not his nationality performed a task in him securing the Williams seat.


Sargeant drove for Williams on the 2022 post-season check in Abu Dhabi

“I’d prefer to suppose it’s only a comfortable coincidence. As I mentioned, I’ve put within the onerous work over the previous nonetheless a few years, making a dedication to maneuver to Europe after I was younger to make this dream a actuality,” he added.

“I really feel like I’ve had an excellent junior formulation profession. I’m simply wanting ahead to closing that chapter and transferring on to the following.”

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Sargeant replaces Nicholas Latifi as Alex Albon’s crew mate for 2023, with the pair going through the duty of lifting Williams off the foot of the F1 constructors’ standings.

In the meantime, there have been modifications on the Grove outfit since Sargeant’s promotion, with Group Principal Jost Capito and Technical Director FX Demaison vacating their respective roles on the finish of final 12 months, with replacements but to be introduced.