Williams will give American Logan Sargeant a practice outing in Brazil this Saturday as the 21-year-old chases super-license points to ensure he can race for the Formula 1 team next season.
Sargeant took part in Friday first practice sessions at his home United States Grand Prix and in Mexico and will take regular race driver Alex Albon’s car for Saturday’s second practice at Interlagos.
Brazil is a Sprint weekend, with qualifying on Friday for a short race on Saturday which determines the starting grid for Sunday’s main event.
Williams’ head of vehicle performance Dave Robson recognized it was a first for a non-race driver to take part in a Saturday session.
“However, the experience that Logan will get is invaluable, and giving him another opportunity is a good investment in his future,” he said.
Chasing those super-license points
Completing 100km in a practice session is worth one super-license point but Sargeant failed to go the distance in Mexico due to red flags. He is also due to take part in practice in the season-ending Abu Dhabi race next week.
Williams have said Sargeant will join Albon in their lineup next season providing he secures the necessary licence points. read more
The American is third in the Formula Two championship with one round remaining and on course to achieve the target.
Speaking ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sargeant said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the FW44 for FP2 in São Paulo. I can’t wait to keep progressing with the team and building on the experience I gained in Austin and Mexico City.
“To be given the opportunity to drive at such an iconic track like Interlagos with its banked corners and the Senna S is a great feeling.
“A massive thank you once again to everyone at Williams for giving me another chance to get behind the wheel,” he concluded. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)