The United States of America hasn’t had a driver in Formula 1 since 2015 when Alexander Rossi raced for Marussia Ferrari. While the sport of Formula 1 isn’t nearly as popular in the States as it elsewhere, it’s always nice to support a driver from your home country. Whether you’ve just watched Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive and are looking for a driver to root for, or have been dying to see an American back in F1, I have some good news for you.
Enter Logan Sargeant.
Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sargeant was recently announced to be taking the second driver seat for Williams Racing. He will drive alongside Alexander Albon for the team with 114 race victories and nine world championships. Although Williams have struggled in recent years, with new regulations in place, they have the chance to make a big turnaround in the next few years. The seat opened up at Williams after they decided not to bring back the Canadian driver, Nicholas Latifi. Sargeant will make his Formula 1 debut on March 5th, 2023 in Bahrain.
What makes Sargeant such an enticing driver to follow though?
In 2015, Sergeant won the World Karting Championship, becoming the first American to do so in over 40 years. Just a year later he entered the UAE Formula 4 championship where he finished with 15 podiums (top three finishes) in 18 races. Following this level of consistency, he moved to Carlin, a team in the F4 British Championship. There, he teamed up with Australian driver Oscar Piastri — who is also about to make his debut season in F1 — and won two races in 2017. After a short stint in Formula Renault and another season with Carlin, he moved to Prema Racing. He finished third in the F3 drivers championship there before eventually making it to Formula 2. After becoming the first ever American to win an F2 race, Sargeant once again showed his potential.
Sargeant has been steadily climbing through the ranks, and finally earned a coveted seat in F1. Still only 21 years old, Sargeant has a very long career ahead of him. However, F1 is a cutthroat sport where you don’t get many chances. He will have to consistently perform well to keep his spot on the grid.