Williams have confirmed that Logan Sargeant is set to drive for the team at the 2021 post-season Young Drivers’ Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 14 December.
Sargeant had only joined Williams’ Young Driver Academy in October and has already immersed himself within the team and spent time on the simulator, whilst also making his F2 debut in Saudi Arabia last weekend for HWA Racelab following a strong F3 campaign at Charouz.
Speaking about the opportunity to step into a Williams F1 car for the very first time just two months after joining the team, Sargeant said: “I can’t wait for my first run in a Formula One car and want to thank the team for trusting me with this amazing opportunity.”
Sargeant also spoke about how his simulator experience will benefit him in Yas Marina, after he spent time at the factory “getting to grips with the simulator,” which has enabled him to get “an initial feel for the characteristics of the FW43B,” as he looks to translate that on track.
The 20 year-old American also revealed what he hopes to get out of this opportunity as he said: “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’ Sporting Director, Sven Smeets meanwhile added that he is “pleased” to see Sargeant get a chance in their F1 car and hopes that his first lap “will be a very special moment for him.”
Smeets also clarified that whilst Williams won’t run a ‘mule car’ using 18-inch Pirelli tyres, he believes the test “will still be beneficial” to the team in providing Sargeant with “an incredibly valuable opportunity to understand their trackside operations with “an immersive experience” to improve his skills.
Sargeant will join a host of drivers including Oscar Piastri, Liam Lawson and Pato O’Ward who will participate in the test.