Williams academy driver Logan Sargeant will get his first ever run in a Formula 1 car at Tuesday’s Young Driver Test following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.Alexander Rossi raced for the Manor team in 2016.
Williams confirmed that Sargeant will run the team’s FW43B on the Tuesday, reserved for young drivers, before the second day’s tyre test of the new 18-inch wheels for 2022.
Sargeant says he will be looking to gather as much knowledge and experience as possible from his first time driving a F1 car.
“I can’t wait for my first run in a Formula 1 car and want to thank the team for trusting me with this amazing opportunity,” said Sargeant.
“I’ve been spending time in the factory at Grove and getting to grips with the simulator, which has helped me get an initial feel for the characteristics of the FW43B, but to be able to get out on track will be an incredible experience and one that I won’t forget. I’ll be going into the test looking to perform the best I can and to learn as much as possible from the team.”
Williams sporting director, Sven Smeets, said Sargeant’s running will benefit the team as they will be unable to participate in the following day’s testing.
“I’m very much looking forward to seeing Logan in the FW43B and I’m pleased that Williams can provide him with his first outing in Formula One machinery,” said Smeets. “I’m sure it will be a very special moment for him.
“Whilst we won’t be running a ‘mule car’ using the 18-inch Pirelli tyres, the test will still be beneficial for the team. It will also be an incredibly valuable opportunity for Logan to fully understand how we operate trackside. I know that having such an immersive experience will only build upon his evident skill and allows the team to continue to support his development whilst capitalising on his talent.”
Sargeant made his Formula 2 debut for HWA last weekend at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix but is not competing in this weekend’s final round, having been replaced by Jake Hughes at HWA. He previously completed three seasons in Formula 3 with a best finish of third in the standings with Prema in 2020, beaten to the title by team mate Oscar Piastri.
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