US pilot Logan Sargeant is said to be in the Williams next season.
For seven years, since Alexander Rossi (31), no American has stood at a Formula 1 start. After five unsuccessful races, he left Marussia – and a year later became the winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Why is the Grand Prix circus having such a hard time with US pilots – or vice versa? Well, a great love was never to be found there. Even if the Indy 500 was part of Formula 1 eleven times at the official World Championship from 1950 to 1960. But hardly any driver was chasing the same championship points in both series back then!
America and Formula 1 remained foreign partners despite Phil Hill’s (1961 Ferrari) and Mario Andretti (1978 Lotus) world championship titles. But now the sport, which has long been ridiculed in the land of unlimited opportunities, is booming. Miami and Austin were sold out in 2022, and Las Vegas will be added in 2023. All hotel rooms there are gone or blocked!
US pilots at a disadvantage
The Formula 1 makers around US owner Liberty cheer – and show how powerless they are to the FIA. Because she makes the rules, which she often does not know herself. And that includes the paper with the super license for Formula 1. A complicated system that rates the results in Europe better than those from the Indy Car series. And that’s why Colton Herta’s (22) deal with Alpha Tauri failed. Bullen Motorsport Director Marko: “It was too stupid for us to scrape together the necessary points with tests or Friday missions!”
And now Williams wants to put the Formula 2 star from Florida, Logan Sargeant (21) in the cockpit for 2023. But he is still missing eight points (40 are necessary) for the important paper. On Friday he was in Mexico for the first practice session and completed 22 laps. That’s around 96 kilometers. And now watch out: The super license point is only available for 100 kilometers…
Interesting that the German media noticed this immediately and asked Williams boss Capito: “What happens if Logan lacks the necessary points? Then maybe Mick Schumacher has a chance in the cockpit?” Capito’s answer: a smile! Because at the F2 final in Abu Dhabi, the third place overall can even lose four places – and he still has the golden 40.