2023 Williams F1 race seat: Logan Sargeant in the hunt?

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The 2022 Formula 2 championship contender Logan Sargeant can potentially give a hard time to the ones at Williams F1 for the 2023 Williams F1 race seat.

Williams driver academy driver Logan Sargeant is gaining some headlines and showing some immense talent. The rookie driver joined Williams driver academy this year. In this rookie season with Williams in F2, he has done some impressive job.

The 21-year-old American driver set off to a solid start in F2 this season and now has two feature races win to his name. He is second in the standings and has scored pole at Paul Ricard this weekend too.

Williams is expected to sign Alex Albon for the 2023 season. Oscar Piastri is also rumored for the 2023 Williams F1 race seat.

However, the Alpine reserve driver would only be seen by Williams as a part-time option. Piastri is the natural successor of 40-year-old Fernando Alonso at Alpine. With Sargeant, Williams F1 can look at a long time option.

Jost Capito on 2023 Williams F1 race seat

Williams Team Principal Jost Capito said that Sargeant definitely has shown potential and deserves a seat for sure. Capito was asked if the American deserves a seat for the second practice run left for the 2022 F1 season, to which he said:

“I think that would be obvious. We haven’t announced yet, but of course we have our young driver academy that’s working very well.”

When asked if Sargeant has made things complicated to decide the 2023 Williams F1 race seat, Capito said:

“It would be a great headache, wouldn’t it?”

“I’ve had worse ones!”

joked the German.

He further added:

“Of course we are impressed, it’s his first season in F2 and we didn’t put any pressure on him so he has the time to develop. And he’s really impressed us how quick he got to grips with the car, the tyre management and his results.”

“How he got the pole yesterday was really impressive and he will be in a Formula 1 car in the future, I’m absolutely convinced,”

said Capito praising the 21-year-old.

What’s the possible lineup for Williams in 2023?

Nothing is official yet and everything can just be predicted. Williams at the moment are looking at two talented young options: Piastri and Sargeant.

But the question is who can fill that 2023 Williams F1 race seat besides Albon?

Oscar Piastri seems to be a more valid choice at the moment. He has already won the F2 title and has done multiple tests with Alpine F1 which means he already has a grip on the F1 car.

However, signing Piastri for the 2023 season means that Williams would get a driver only for 1-2 years.

On the other hand, the 21-year-old Logan Sargeant comes as a long-term option to Williams F1.

The American stayed unnoticed much of his career, almost losing his single-seater racing seat due to financial problems. Sargeant has won races in every level of car racing. Now with his latest success in F2, the karting world champion has become a serious contender for the 2023 Williams F1 race seat.

So, there you have it: two potential drivers who can get the 2023 Williams F1 race seat. However, the question remains which of the two will Williams prefer: a long-term or short-term option.

Moreover, other than a talented driver, Williams really needs to do some work on improving its car. The 9-time constructors champions are having a hard time to even keeping up with the midfield with just 3 points this season so far.

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