Williams seems to be set to depend on tremendous license contender Logan Sargeant Jr as the ultimate items of the 2023 Formula 1 driver market start to return collectively.
Formula 2 driver Sargeant and Williams reserve driver Nick de Vries are the 2 essential names linked with the place at present held by Nicolas Latifi, even earlier than the Dutchman staked his declare with a superb run to ninth on his Monza debut.
However, De Vries inserted himself into the dialog elsewhere. He was supplied a 2021 Alpine check when he met Red Bull’s Helmut Marko in Graz final Friday, with Colton Hertha more likely to drive within the AlfaTauri subsequent season after it turned clear he wouldn’t be granted a brilliant licence.
The sergeant fights for his tremendous license
De Vries is the logical candidate because the go-to man who may someday be part of Red Bull Racing as Max Verstappen’s companion. The deal between De Vries and Red Bull continues. However, if he’s confirmed, Pierre Gasly may be part of Alpi, as was the plan when AlfaTauri thought-about Hertha.
If de Vries strikes to AlfaTauri, Williams will focus totally on Sargeant, who has had a powerful rookie 12 months within the Formula 2 Championship and is anticipated to drive the FW44 in first follow at his dwelling race in Austin.
However, the American should end fifth or greater within the championship standings on the Abu Dhabi finale in November to be eligible for an FIA tremendous license to race subsequent 12 months.
He is at present in third place with 135 factors, however he’s not assured and will drop down the rankings if he’s unfortunate in Abu Dhabi. Jack Doohan, Jehan Daruwala and Enzo Fittipaldi scored 126, whereas Liam Lawson scored 117, Frederic Westy 114 and Yuri Whipps scored 110 and will theoretically beat Sargent.
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If Sargeant fails to fulfill the required license factors, Williams should look elsewhere. Antonio Giovinazzi, who like de Vries is getting ready for the 2021 Alpine check and has additionally been linked with Mick Schumacher’s Haas chair, is alleged to be excessive on the record, and Schumacher himself can’t be dominated out. Also accessible is Jack Aitken, who took on George Russell within the 2020 Sachir Grand Prix.
Another possibility is that Williams and Alpin may go forward with a deliberate mortgage deal for Oscar Piastri, whereas Enstone protégé Doohan strikes on.
Team principal Jost Capito stated final weekend at Monza that Williams was able to signal a brand new driver: “There is an effective selection of drivers,” he stated. “It’s a sensible choice of younger drivers, however there are additionally skilled drivers. So I feel it is a utterly totally different philosophy, totally different methods.”
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“And in a group scenario, we will work with totally different methods. We are usually not on the entrance, we want two very skilled drivers, so we will experiment a bit bit and use the younger drivers. So we’ll see what occurs. It seems to be the very best.”
Asked if he thought Sargeant was prepared for Formula 1, he stated: “I feel he’s. Yes, he wants some factors. Of course, if he will get factors, it will not assist. But sure, whether or not he will get factors or not, he is prepared. I’m certain.”
Adding the American to the beginning line-up can be an enormous PR increase for Williams, particularly after the Hertha saga. However, Capito denied that was an enormous motivation for the group: “We would not take him for that. Either we expect he is prepared and succesful or we do not. He may play one other 12 months in Formula 2, or he may at all times do no matter .”