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Williams hands Sargeant F1 test debut in Abu Dhabi

by Ida Wood

Photo: Williams Racing

Logan Sargeant will make his Formula 1 test debut for Williams at Yas Marina Circuit next week in the world championship’s official post-season test.

The American was signed as a Williams young driver in October, having finished seventh in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with Charouz Racing System.

He debuted in Formula 2 last weekend, driving for HWA Racelab in Jeddah and getting a best finish of 14th from three races.

“I can’t wait for my first run in a Formula 1 car and want to thank the team for trusting me with this amazing opportunity,” said Sargeant.

“I’ve been spending time in the factory at Grove and getting to grips with the simulator, which has helped me get an initial feel for the characteristics of the FW43B, but to be able to get out on track will be an incredible experience and one that I won’t forget. I’ll be going into the test looking to perform the best I can and to learn as much as possible from the team.”

Williams’ reserve driver Jack Aitken will drive the car in free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be George Russell’s last race with the team. The week after, the team will do its first on-track running with Sargeant.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing Logan in the FW43B and I’m pleased that Williams can provide him with his first outing in F1 machinery; I’m sure it will be a very special moment for him,” said Sven Smeets, who was recently appointed as Williams sporting director and oversees the team’s academy as part of his role.

“Whilst we won’t be running a ‘mule car’ using the 18-inch Pirelli tyres, the test will still be beneficial for the team.

“It will also be an incredibly valuable opportunity for Logan to fully understand how we operate trackside. I know that having such an immersive experience will only build upon his evident skill and allows the team to continue to support his development whilst capitalising on his talent.”