No concrete back-up if Sargeant misses F1 superlicence

Williams F1 boss Jost Capito introduced on Saturday in Austin that Formulation 2 driver Sargeant would get a race seat for 2023 as long as he will get the required FIA superlicence factors.

Sargeant at present has 28 factors to his title however might rise up to 30 with two clear observe outings for Williams in Mexico and Abu Dhabi, leaving him in want of a top-six end within the F2 standings to safe the superlicence. He’s at present third within the standings.

However Williams has made no agency determination on who would get the second seat alongside Alex Albon for 2023 if Sargeant was unable to safe the required factors.

Requested by Autosport if there was a back-up plan in place, Capito replied: “Yeah, however not concrete, not a reputation.

“There might be drivers who don’t get a contract. There are nonetheless superb drivers, and have the superlicence factors on that, in order that’s tremendous.”

Williams is thought to have explored plenty of choices to exchange outgoing driver Nicholas Latifi for subsequent 12 months. The group was anticipating to signal Oscar Piastri on mortgage from Alpine, just for the contract saga to consequence within the Australian becoming a member of McLaren.

Nyck de Vries was one other driver on the radar following his spectacular stand-in look for Albon at Monza, however he was snapped up by AlphaTauri to exchange the Alpine-bound Pierre Gasly.

Logan Sargeant, Williams Racing

Logan Sargeant, Williams Racing

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Photos

Capito stated that groups “must play the politics” when negotiating the motive force market, however added that Sargeant’s F2 performances since Silverstone had satisfied the group he was prepared for the seat.

Sargeant’s superlicence bid is being aided by his observe outings for Williams, whereas he might also be in line for some bonus factors relying on his penalty report in earlier years in F2 and F3.

The F2 standings stay tight, with Sargeant sitting simply 18 factors away from eighth place with 39 nonetheless on the desk in Abu Dhabi.

Sargeant stated he would “let Williams work out” what factors he required and that he was “simply driving as quick as I can always.”

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Capito defined that the additional observe runs for Sargeant had been supposed to “make the danger as minimal as doable” within the bid for the superlicence, in addition to serving to his preparation for the step up subsequent 12 months.

“We need to put together Logan pretty much as good as doable for subsequent season,” stated Capito. “Which means he has to maximise the time within the automotive this 12 months, in order that’s why we gave give him three FP1.

“It offers him extra superlicence factors. They’re for certain not hurting. After which he may also do the younger driver take a look at after Abu Dhabi.

“It is a part of the preparation now to get Logan in the very best place for the start of subsequent season.”

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