Logan Sargeant poised to become newest American driver in F1 with Williams in 2023

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AUSTIN, Texas — American driver Logan Sargeant is closing in on Formula One.

The Williams reserve driver will get a seat for the 2023 season if he earns enough Super License points to qualify, team principal Jost Capito said Saturday ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

Sargeant can do that by finishing fifth or higher in the F2 feeder series. He currently stands third, but only nine points separate third from sixth in the standings with one race left in Abu Dhabi.

The 21-year old Sargeant would be the replacement for Nicholas Latifi next season, and the first American driver in F1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015. Formula One hasn’t had a U.S. champion since Mario Andretti in 1978.

“We feel he is ready to race,” Capitol said. “And under the condition that he has enough Super License points after Abu Dhabi he will be our second driver next year.”

Sargeant would leapfrog IndyCar driver and F1 hopeful Colton Herta, who many had targeted as the likely next American driver but has been unable to earn a Super License (which can be a confusing and frustrating process).

American fans and race investors have longed to see an American driver in F1 as the sport’s popularity has boomed in the United States.

“I think it’s great news,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said of Sargeant’s chance to drive next season.

“The American public is really engaged in Formula One. We need an American driver. And not only a driver, but a successful one as well,” Horner said.

Sargeant drove the first practice on Friday for Williams in place of Latifi, and the team announced he’ll get two more practice sessions in Mexico City next week and at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Both sessions could help him earn points toward earning his Super License to race F1.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.