Monday, October 17, 2022

FIA F2: America’s Next Formula 1 Driver?

As Who knows Who Will get there First. Sargeant, Herta, Neither?


Presumably by now, Y’all know about American FIA Formula 2 driver Logan Sargeant’s upcoming Formula 1 drive this Friday at Circuit Of The Americas in Austin. As Sargeant will participate in His maiden (Free Practice) FP1 session for the eponymous Team Willy’, now simply Williams Racing during this year’s U.S. Grand Prix.


Logan Sergeant

Carlin, #6

Born: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

DOB: 12/31/00, Age: 21


Cannot Help wondering, and Arse-suming that Floridian Logan Sargeant must have crossed paths with Jupiter, Florida’s Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood during Thar formative Karting Day, even if briefly? As Logan began Karting at Age 8 before going Across thoust Gory Puddle in 2009 to compete Internationally.


Reportedly Logan became the latest Yank’ to win the Karting World Championship in 2015, with the last Yank’ winner a FIA Karting title being the unlikely Lake Speed in 1978! As Speed is primarily known for His NASCAR career, having made 402 Starts between 1980-1998.


During the winter of 2016-2017, Sargeant contested the Formula 4 UAE Championship for MotoPark in His Single Seaters Debut. Scoring 15 Podiums from 18 Races, Logan finished Runner-up to teammate Jonathan Aberdein.


Next Logan joined Carlin for the 2017 British Formula 4 Championship, finishing third Overall with two wins behind F4 Champion Jamie Carolin and Carlin teammate Oscar Piastri.


For 2018, Sargent joined R-ACE GP for the Formula Renault euroCup season, winning on Debut at Circuit Paul Ricard. Sargent then Bookended the season by winning the finale at Barcelona with a win at the Nurburgring in-between. Finishing fourth Overall behind Championship winner Max Fewtrel and others. Most notably finishing second in the Rookies Cup behind a Bloke named Christian Lundgaard…


The following year, Logan returned to Carlin for His Rookie FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign, in what can only be considered a “learning” year, finishing a “Pedestrian” P19 Overall.


For 2020, Sargeant moved to Prema Racing and scored His Debutant FIA F3 victory in the Silverstone Feature race! Then followed this up by winning the Spa Sprint race. Yet ultimately finished third Overall behind His once again teammate Piastri, who won the Championship by four points. And Theo Pourchaire by a scant, single solitary point!


Sighting He wouldn’t be moving up to FIA Formula 2 due to Financial constraints. Sargeant remained in Formula 3 with Charouz Racing System, scoring His first of four Podiums, a third in Hungary. Then another third at Spa, second at Zandvoort before His only win of the season at Sochi. Finishing 7th Overall.


Logan also made His FIA Formula 2 Debut at Jeddah for Hwa Racelab, before being confirmed at Carlin for His Rookie F2 campaign this year last December.


On July 3rd, Sargeant “technically” became the first American to win a Formula 2 race. Although I’m 98% certain that former Yank’ GP2 Bad Arse Alexander Rossi would scoff at that superlative! Since Rossi won four times in the Formula 1 Feeder series before graduating to Formula 1…


Nevertheless, Logan won this year’s British FIA F2 Feature race, before claiming His second Feature win a week later at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, after the two drivers ahead of Him were Handed Penalties.


Exactly a year ago, at last October’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Logan was announced as a Williams Driver Academy member and is set to make His Friday practice outing as part of the FIA’s mandated running of two Young Drivers in a Friday practice session by All ten F1 Constructors.


As Logan’s Carlin F2 teammate Liam Lawson, a Red Bull Junior Driver made His Friday practice F1 Debut for Scuderia AlphaTauri at the Belgian Grand Prix. As the Kiwi’s also claimed two F2 wins this season…


As of Spa-Francorchamps, with two rounds remaining, Sargeant trailed FIA F2 Championship leader Felipe Drugovich by a Healthy margin of 76-points. And was third Overall behind Theo Pourchaire, some 33-points ahead…


As that would be the FIA F2’s Top-3 Finishing order. As Drugovich clinched the F2 Championship during Saturday’s Feature Race at Monza, when Pourchaire Failed to score enough Points to Deny the Brazilian the title. Whilst Sargeant finished third Overall.


As next up will be Logan’s Friday FP-1 Outing at circuit Of The Americas, where possibly we’ll see two Yanks’ on the Formula 1 Grid briefly?