Williams’ Logan Sargeant prepared for strain as American in F1 | ‘The expectations are excessive’

Logan Sargeant is the primary American driver in Method 1 since 2015 as he replaces Nicholas Latifi at Wiliams; there are three races in the US within the 2023 Method 1 calendar as the game heads to Miami, Las Vegas and Austin

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Logan Sargeant says it is a dream come true to join the Williams team and begin his Formula One journey

Logan Sargeant says it’s a dream come true to hitch the Williams workforce and start his Method One journey

Logan Sargeant says it’s a dream come true to hitch the Williams workforce and start his Method One journey

Coming into the F1 paddock comes with an immense quantity of strain for any driver, none extra so than Williams’ latest star Logan Sargeant.

Sargeant, 21, was revealed because the alternative for Nicholas Latifi eventually yr’s USA Grand Prix and because the solely American in a sport that’s taking off in the US, he is aware of all eyes will likely be on him as he takes the following step in his profession, his focus already switching to proving himself on motorsport’s greatest stage.

“Clearly it’s tremendous particular to be the primary American driver shortly,” mentioned Sargeant.

“With three Grand Prixs [in America], that’s going to be enjoyable. Miami is simply on my doorstep so I’m actually trying ahead to that one.

“It’s perhaps a bit bit of additional strain, however, on the finish of the day, I put numerous strain on myself and the expectations are excessive.

“We simply must get the job executed.”

As he groups up with Alex Albon at Williams, Sargeant turns into the primary American driver within the sport since Alexander Rossi in 2015, the final American to win a race being Mario Andretti again in 1978.

The strain will likely be mounting because the season attracts nearer, however Sargeant has at all times made certain to recollect he’s dwelling out his dream for a workforce who’ve supported him for thus lengthy.

Sargeant finished fifth in the final F2 feature race of 2022 to secure his super licence

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Sargeant completed fifth within the last F2 characteristic race of 2022 to safe his tremendous licence

Sargeant completed fifth within the last F2 characteristic race of 2022 to safe his tremendous licence

“It’s positively a dream come true. I really feel like 16 years of laborious work, the burden was lifted off my shoulders that we made it right here,” he added.

“Then you definately instantly assume, now the true work begins attempting to maintain my place in Method 1 going ahead.

“The celebs positively should align and you need to be in the correct place on the proper time.

“Williams has supported me a lot for the reason that finish of final yr they usually gave me a lot confidence all year long that this seat was up for grabs if I did my job.

“Going into that final spherical, I wanted to get my tremendous licence and the strain was on to maximise the weekend and we did.

“I’m simply trying ahead to doing my finest for them sooner or later.”

Williams workforce principal James Vowles denies Mercedes management rival F1 workforce

Newly-appointed Williams workforce principal James Vowles insists the workforce is not going to turn out to be a “mini-Mercedes” following his transfer from the Silver Arrows.

Williams introduced on Friday that Vowles will take over as workforce principal on February 20 forward of the brand new season, ending his 13-year run with Mercedes.

James Vowles (L) with Lewis Hamilton

James Vowles (L) with Lewis Hamilton

Vowles, who departs his place as technique director, offers an additional hyperlink between the 2 groups, who’re already tied by Mercedes having provided Williams with engines since 2014.

In the meantime, Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff is a former proprietor and director of the British workforce, and Silver Arrows driver George Russell spent three years at Williams earlier than partnering Hamilton for the primary time final season.

“I would not contemplate it a mini-Mercedes,” Vowles mentioned on Friday. “Williams is an extremely unbiased workforce in its personal proper, which has fashioned its personal historical past, its personal heritage.

Vowles had been at Mercedes for the reason that workforce’s inception in 2010

Williams is a completely unbiased organisation, and moreover, it is one which my success is topic and depending on me doing a great job there, and that needs to be unbiased of Mercedes.

“It doesn’t suggest that Mercedes and ourselves will not have collaboration in some kind or one other, there was collaboration earlier than I joined, however I’ve to do what’s finest for Williams from right here onwards.”

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