IN BRIEF: Williams team principal Jost Capito hinted that Logan Sarge could be named as the 2023 Formula 1 driver today.
The announcement of the Williams driver was rumored
Speaking to fans on Friday, when asked when F1 might have an American driver, Capito responded by saying: “Watch the news and you might see something on Saturday.”
Williams was bought by the American company Dorilton in 2020, and the team has already indicated that Nicolas Laffey will not stay next year. Oscar Piastieri and Nick de Vries, who previously ran for the seat, have been signed by challengers.
Sergeant sits third in the Formula 2 standings and is set to reach the required 40 points for the F1 Superlicence with one round to go, and was successful in the team’s first practice session yesterday. A year ago today, he tested the team at the end of last season as a junior driver for Williams. He said his first experience driving a 2022 F1 car was “very different” to what he expected.
“I think the main goal coming into the day was just to learn as much as possible and I feel like I picked up a lot,” said Sgt. “It’s really different from what I expected, but in a good way. Still lots of potential to pick up and improve. But I think it was a good start and I’m happy with how it turned out.
He said his priority was to finish the season with enough superlatives to graduate to F1. “I have to have a good Abu Dhabi to keep my top license,” he said. “That’s the main focus at the moment, to get out there and have a good round and put myself in the top two in the championship.”
Sainz will choose to win the second race from fourth place
Carlos Sainz Jr has admitted he would rather win a second race before the end of the 2022 season than finish fourth in the Drivers’ Championship ahead of Jorge Russell.
The Ferrari driver took his first grand prix win at Silverstone earlier in the season, but now sits fifth in the drivers’ championship on 202 points, five behind Mercedes driver Russell. With just four races left in the championship, Sainz said his position in the standings was irrelevant to him.
“Fifth, fourth – it doesn’t change my life as a racing driver,” Sainz said. “Obviously I’m only worried about winning and having a good season.
“If I can finish fourth, I’ll take fourth, but I’d rather win the race before the end of the year, even if it doesn’t mean finishing fourth.” And I think it’s important for us to try and win, to get platforms, to get consistency. Obviously this brings P4 to the table but I’m more focused than the championship.
The fastest snow in the Indy Lights test
Daniel Frost set the fastest time at the Indy Lights Chris Griffiths Memorial Challenge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Frost, who has competed in the series for two full seasons, set a best time of 1’16.253 around the extremely well-maintained road course.
W Series champion Jamie Chadwick was the slowest of the 16 drivers in the day’s race, hitting the barriers 1.4 seconds off Frost’s pace.
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