Jost Capito discusses a shock contender for 2023 Williams Components 1 race seat

Williams boss Jost Capito wouldn’t be averse to discovering himself in an Alpine-style dilemma over subsequent season’s driver line-up.

By that, the workforce principal and CEO means being spoilt for selection, with extra driver choices than he has seats accessible.

Alpine are in an analogous quandary and their drawback may even be shifted over to Williams if, as Capito has admitted, a mortgage deal for the French workforce’s academy prospect Oscar Piastri turns into a chance.

Additionally within the combine, after all, are this yr’s Williams racers, Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi, however one other shock title has now entered the fray – that of rising Components 2 expertise Logan Sargeant.

The American is connected to the Williams driver academy and competing in his first full Components 2 marketing campaign. Victories in Britain and Austria for Carlin have put him third within the standings behind clear chief Felipe Drugovich and Theo Pourchaire.

Requested whether or not the 21-year-old Floridian’s emergence may complicate the decision-making course of concerning the 2023 Williams F1 line-up, Capito advised reporters: “It might be an ideal headache, wouldn’t it?

“I’ve had worse ones! In fact we’re impressed, it’s his first season in F2 and we didn’t put any strain on him so he has the time to develop.

“He’s actually impressed us how fast he acquired to grips with the automobile, the tyre administration and his outcomes.

“How he acquired the pole [at Paul Ricard] was actually spectacular and he shall be in a Components 1 automobile sooner or later, I’m completely satisfied.”

Whereas an FP1 look this season for Sargeant is probably going as one of many two rookie classes necessary for every workforce, the identical is true for Piastri at Alpine – it had been predicted to occur on the French Grand Prix however finally didn’t.

With the back-to-back Components 3 and Components 2 champion having to attend within the wings this yr as understudy to Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has stated he’s ready to mortgage out the Australian in 2023 – and Capito can be fascinated with luring him to Williams.

“If that was the very best for us, we’d contemplate that,” stated the German.

“If it’s not the very best and we’d have one other higher answer, we are going to go for the higher answer.”

The contracts of each Albon and Latifi at Williams are believed to finish this yr, with the previous broadly thought to be being extra prone to have his deal renewed having scored the entire workforce’s three factors to date this season.



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