Logan Sargeant scores first F1 point- does the American deserve a 2024 seat?

After becoming the first American driver to score any points in Formula 1 in 3 decades, has Logan Sargeant done enough to secure a 2024 seat?

Anna Hynes
15th November 2023
Image Credit - X (@formulasargeant)
Following the double disqualifications of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc at the Austin US Grand Prix, William’s rookie star Logan Sargeant was able to grasp his first point on home turf.

The revised results enabled him to move up from 12th to 10th place- an enormous climb up the ranks from his last place position in qualifying. This also meant Sargeant is now the first American driver to score any points in Formula 1 in the last 3 decades.

At just 22 years of age, Logan Sargeant has an extremely impressive motorsport portfolio. After karting for many years since aged 8, 2015 saw Sargeant clasp the junior Karting World Championship title. Ascending the ranks from Formula 4 to Formula 3, the 2022 season then saw his Formula 2 debut after backing from team Williams. 

After attaining his required super licence points, it was officially announced that Sargeant would drive alongside Alexander Albon for the 2023 season. Although it is only Sargeant’s rookie season, it has undeniably been difficult for the American driver. His current standings are 20th in drivers and 7th in constructors.

And as another thrilling season of Formula One is concluding, with Max Verstappen already sealing the drivers’ championship title, it cannot be ignored that there is still much uncertainty surrounding team line-ups. And so, the question remains: Is it too late for Sargeant to secure a seat with Williams next year? In the final month of this season, teams will undoubtedly be looking to finalise their driver line-ups for the future.

Securing a coveted seat in Formula 1 consists of many factors. Certainly, teams will consider how many points their current drivers have scored for them. However, this is not the only factor. As one of William’s academy drivers, the team are likely to be willing to invest into Sergeant’s F1 future and foster his potential. And thus, I would like to argue that William’s are perhaps not ready to part ways with Sargeant quite yet.

And so, we will continue to watch the paddock talk and hopefully find out the line-up for the all exciting start of the 2024 Formula One season very soon.

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