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Williams CEO and team principal Jost Capito believes it is too soon to make plans on academy driver Logan Sargeant’s future in F1, but has heaped praise on him for his performances in F2 this season.
As quoted by motorsport.com, Capito stated:
“Of course, we are impressed. It’s his first season in F2. We didn’t put any pressure on him, so he has time to develop, and he’s really impressed us."
"He will be in an F1 car in the future. I’m absolutely convinced.”
Capito then highlighted the difficulties in committing to an F2 driver so early in the year:
“For example, he needs the superlicence points, and for that, he has to finish in the top five in the championship. At the moment, it looks good.
“But you can always go the other way quickly. So it’s tricky to take early decisions on an F2 driver when the season is not over. So that’s part of the decision-making.”
Sargeant’s performances in the Formula 2 have been extremely impressive, cementing him as the most promising driver in the series.
Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, this does not guarantee his future in F1.
It seems plausible that the replacement for Nicholas Latifi, whose contract with the Williams ends this year, will be Oscar Piastri.
Piastri has been on the team’s radar for some time now, and negotiations are likely at an advanced stage.
Sargeant’s recent form, while impressive, has possibly arrived too late, as Piastri and Williams are close to finalising a deal. At least for now, it seems Sargeant will have to wait for his F1 opportunity.
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Topics: Formula 1
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