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Sargeant: Three U.S. F1 races is special and a privilege

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American Formula 1 driver Logan Sargeant has not let his new status go to his head as he prepares for a race debut with Williams in Bahrain next month, but relishes the thought of racing three times on home soil.

The 22-year-old is instead doing his best to stay grounded. Asked at the Williams livery launch on Monday if he had rewarded himself for securing a dream job, the youngster — who moved to Europe as a 12-year-old to compete against the best in karting — said: “No.”

“More hours in the gym,” Sargeant said with a grin. “I haven’t treated myself. I’ve just stayed exactly as I was last year in terms of I’m still living in the same place in London.

“On my own, enjoying the hours in the gym, enjoying the time on the sim. I know it sounds boring, but that’s about all I’ve been doing,” revealed Sargeant.

Sargeant will be the first U.S. driver to race in F1 since Alexander Rossi in 2015 and is set to be the first to do a full season since Scott Speed at Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) in 2006.

With three U.S. races on the calendar, including a home round in Miami and a new floodlit spectacular in Las Vegas, the American is stepping into a bright media spotlight but he said he was well-prepared.

“Coming into the sport, straight into a year where there’s three U.S. grands prix is a special opportunity and a privilege at the same time,” he said.

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“And it is still on the way up,” reckoned Sargeant. “Which is a massive positive. You can see how many questions from friends and family and how curious people are about the sport.

“It’s funny, people text me now and be like ‘I didn’t realise how big of a thing this could eventually be or how big F1 really was’, It’s a completely different world now in terms of America. Everyone knows what Formula One is now over there. It’s nice to see the transition,” he added.

Sargeant, who finished fourth overall in Formula 2 last season but was the only one to move up a rung, said he had kept a low profile over the winter break.

“To be honest, when I was home it was more about staying active in training and just enjoying a bit of time away with my family and just catching up with everyone and trying to avoid the F1 scene for a little while,” he admitted.

As for the livery revealed for his first F1 ‘ride’ Sargeant said: The car is looking amazing and it shows the huge effort the team has put in the off-season, so I’m looking forward to getting started at Silverstone before heading out to Bahrain.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)