Williams Academy driver Logan Sargent is set to become the first American in seven years to compete in a Formula One race weekend in the first practice session at the United States Grand Prix in October.
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Sargent will take over the FW44 of Williams driver Nicolas Latifi for a 60-minute session at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the team said in a statement on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Florida native, who is currently competing in his first season of Formula Two, is set to become the first American to compete in an F1 Grand Prix weekend since Alexander Rossi in 2015.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to run my first free practice in Austin,” said Sgt. To have the chance at the US Grand Prix is very special for me.
“Many thanks to Williams for trusting and believing in me to do a good job. My aim is to learn as much as possible in the new generation of cars.
“I’m looking forward to making the most of this experience and really enjoying it.”
Sargent has made an impressive start to his rookie season with Carlin in Formula Two, winning two feature races to sit third in the standings as well as two podiums.
He won at Silverstone in May, becoming the first American to win a race in the rebranded Formula Two series. Rossi, who now drives in IndyCar, won in Abu Dhabi in 2013 in what was then the GP2 series.
Sargent got his first taste of Formula One machinery when he took part in a young driver test with Williams in Abu Dhabi last December.
All F1 teams must field a driver with limited F1 experience in at least two Friday first practice sessions this season.
Williams’ last time in the championship was at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona in May, handing over a slot to Mercedes’ Dutch reserve Nyck de Vries.
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