Sargeant chooses permanent racing number for F1 rookie season

Sargeant chooses permanent racing number for F1 rookie season

Sargeant will make his F1 debut next year with williamssubstitute Nicholas Latifi after earning enough superlicense points throughout his rookie season in Formula 2 to move up a gear.

Williams has now revealed Sargeant will race with number 2 as a permanent number in F1, becoming the second driver to use it since the system was introduced in 2014.

The team made the announcement in a short social post on its channels on Wednesday with the hashtag #LS2.

Sargeant was able to choose number 2 as his number because more than two seasons have passed since it was last used by Stoffel Vandoornewho ran with it during his time at McLaren in 2017 and 2018.

Williams team principal Jost Capito revealed at the US Grand Prix weekend in October that Sargeant was in contention for a seat in 2023 as long as he gets the required superlicense points.

Sargeant achieved the milestone by taking fourth place in the F2 Championship at the Abu Dhabi season finale, leading to his formal confirmation the day after the race.

Williams helped Sargeant get up to speed by fielding him in four FP1 sessions at the end of the season, as well as giving him a full day of racing at post-race testing in Abu Dhabi.

Logan Sargeant, Williams Racing

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport footage

Sargeant said after testing in Abu Dhabi that his goal was to “feel comfortable in the car and really push the limits” without the pressure of sticking to a practice race plan and s take care of the car for the full-time driver.

“In FP1s it’s tactile because you have to do your 100km and you don’t have a lot of time,” Sargeant said.

“Whereas today I could really find the limit and feel comfortable with it, while really learning how I can change the balance of the car to my liking just through the steering wheel.

“It’s obviously a work in progress, it will be for a while. But it’s a good understanding of what these tools do.”

Sargeant is set to conduct private testing in a Alpine F1 over the winter to continue development before securing a day and a half in the 2023 Williams through pre-season testing.

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