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Williams has announced that Logan Sargeant, the American Formula 2 driver the team had already announced would be its next Formula 1 driver if he could secure a Super License, will officially join the team in 2023. Sargeant wrapped up the points necessary for his super license yesterday, bringing the last element of the deal together.
Sargeant sat third in the series when the deal was announced and needed to complete a top six finish in the championship to avoid the same fate as Colton Herta, who had reportedly agreed to an F1 deal with AlphaTauri before his super license waiver was rejected by the FIA. The final round of the 2022 Formula 2 championship was finally held this past weekend, and Sargeant held up his end of the bargain.
The American rookie finished sixth and fifth in the weekend's races, enough to take fourth in the final F2 standings and ensure he had the necessary points to be granted the license. While he was still at some mathematical risk of missing out entering today's race, Sargeant's strong performance in the closing round put him 22 points ahead of the seventh-place spot in the championship that would have greatly damaged his chances of joining Williams next season.
None of the three drivers ahead of Sargeant were under serious consideration for Formula 1 seats this season. Most notably, third-year F2 driver and series champion Felipe Drugovich had to settle for a development role with Aston Martin despite winning the championship by over 100 points. By contrast, the fourth-place Sargeant had just 148 points total. However, Sargeant was the year's most successful rookie and his two feature wins equal what 2020 Formula 2 champion Mick Schumacher scored in his own championship season.
Sargeant is now confirmed at Williams, replacing Nicholas Latifi and becoming the first American driver to start a Formula 1 season with a team since Scott Speed in 2007. He will be the first American to compete in any Formula 1 race since Alexander Rossi's partial season with Marussia in 2015.
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