Logan Sargeant. (Williams Racing Photo)
An American will be back on the Formula One grid for the first time in eight years.
Logan Sargeant will race for Williams Racing in the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The 21-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., secured enough points at the final Formula 2 race in Abu Dhabi to qualify for a Super Licence.
Sargeant was also crowned rookie of the year after finishing his F2 season with Carlin in fourth with 148 points, two wins and four podium appearances.
“It’s a huge honor and a dream come true to be given this opportunity to compete in Formula 1 with Williams Racing,” Sargeant said. “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”.
The Williams Academy driver completes the team’s lineup for the 2023 season alongside Alex Albon.
The last time an American was on the starting grid came in 2015 with current NTT IndyCar Series driver and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi.
“We’re delighted to officially announce Logan as our driver for next year after qualifying for a super license following the final F2 event of the season in Abu Dhabi,” Jost Capito, CEO and Team Principal of Williams Racing said. “Logan completes our exciting driver line-up for 2023 alongside Alex. Since joining our Driver Academy at the end of 2021, Logan has been able to fully integrate with the team at Grove while on the simulator and more recently at track during the four Free Practice sessions he’s participated in.
“He’s had a strong rookie season in Formula 2, and we are excited to watch him make the step up in Formula 1. We are here to support that journey with him.”