Logan Sargeant will be graduating to Formula 1 for the 2023 season, as Williams have confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old for next year following the final round of the 2022 Formula 2 season.
The Carlin driver entered the season finale in Yas Marina needing to earn the 10 Super Licence points necessary to guarantee his spot on the grid.
Claiming a sixth and fifth-placed finish secured Sargeant fourth in the Drivers' Championship and the 30 points available, alongside taking the honours as the highest-placed rookie in the Standings.
“It’s a huge honour and a dream come true to be given this opportunity to compete in Formula 1 with Williams Racing," said Sargeant. "A massive thank you to every person at Williams Racing and Dorilton Motor Sports for the support they’ve given me since the day I first joined the team at the 2021 United States Grand Prix.
“Being a part of the Williams Driver Academy for the past year has given me an important platform to develop as a driver and prepare me for this next chapter. I’m ready and excited to be a part of this journey as the team looks to progress up the grid.”
After joining the Williams Driver Academy in October 2021, Sargeant went on to achieve two wins, four podiums and two pole positions in his rookie F2 camapign. He will now be partnering fellow F2 graduate Alex Albon at the British team, becoming the first American driver on the F1 grid since 2015.
Williams Racing Team Principal Jost Capito remarked: “We’re delighted to officially announce Logan as our driver for next year after qualifying for a Super Licence following the final F2 event of the season in Abu Dhabi. Logan completes our exciting driver line-up for 2023 alongside Alex.
“Since joining our Driver Academy at the end of 2021, Logan has been able to fully integrate with the team at Grove while on the simulator and more recently at track during the four free practice sessions he’s participated in. He’s had a strong rookie season in Formula 2, and we are excited to watch him make the step up in Formula 1. We are here to support that journey with him.”
Sven Smeets, Williams' Sporting Director, added that Sargeant's promotion was a "proud moment" for the outfit.
“To be able to give Logan the opportunity to compete in Formula 1 for Williams Racing next year after being an integral part of our Driver Academy is a proud moment for the team,” he said.
“Seeing a driver from the Academy getting in our F1 seat is a motivation for all the other Academy drivers and demonstrates legitimacy of the programme and the platform it provides. We are not only preparing him on track, but will be working hard over the winter off track to ensure he’s in the best possible position to start 2023.”
Having previously driven for the team in four Free Practice sessions this year in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, he'll be once again be getting behind the wheel of the FW44 for the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday.