Logan Sargeant will drive for Williams F1 in Free practice 1 at the Austin grand prix next weekend. He will get into the FW44 of Nicola Latifi.
Logan is already in the Williams driver program since last year and already drove for Williams at the Abu Dabi post-season testing.
This weekend however will be the first time he will drive for Williams F1 during a real F1 venue. He will be the first American driver to do so since Alex Rossi drove for Manor F1 back in 2015.
Other rookie drivers
Logan is not the only rookie to test at Austin. Every F1 team is obliged each season to give a rookie driver a free practice at least 2 times.
Sauber Academy driver Theo Pourchaire will drive for the Alfa Romeo team, Robert Shwartzman will drive for Ferrari while Mclaren opts for Indycar veteran and champion of 2021, Alex Palou to drive at Austin Texas.
F1 seat for 2023..?
Rumours are Williams want Logan Sargeant as their 2nd driver next to Alex Albon racing in 2023.
For that to happen Logan needs to get enough license points to get his f1 superlicense.
After Max verstappen entered f1 at just the age of 17 FIA implemented a superlicense system: Every aspiring f1 driver needs to get enough points in previous race categories to be able to get a superlicense.
Currently Logan Sargeant is 3th in the FIA formula 2 championship with one more race to go. A top 5 championship spot secures him enough points to get his superlicense.
Before Redbull was interested to sign Colton Herta for the Alpha Tauri team but he did not have enough points for his superlicense yet and the FIA was not receptive for arguments to change that and thus Alpha Tauri shifted his focus and signed Dutch driver Nyck de Vries.