Logan Sargeant is an American racing driver who competes in the 2023 Formula One World Championship for Williams Racing. Born in Boca Raton, near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 31 December 2000, he is slated to be the first American, after eight years since Alexander Rossi in 2015, to compete in Formula One. Sargeant graduated from Williams Driver Academy in 2022 and raced in the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship driving for Carlin Motorsport. He won the Rookie of the Year award by finishing fourth in the championship rankings.
In 2008, Logan Sargeant began his motorsport career in Karting. As a seven-year-old, he competed in the Rotax Micro Max class in regional and in national championships. Sargeant finished third in Florida Winter Tour and the Rotomax USA Challenge. He then moved to Europe and participated in ROK Cup International Final, Trofeo Delle Industrie, and the WSK Europe Series.
Sergeant won the 2015 CIK-FIA world KFJ Championship. He became the first American to win the FIA Karting World Championship title since Lake Speed won it in 1978. His first senior karting title was when Sargeant won the 2016 WSK Champions Cup in the OK class.
Lower Formula Series
Sargeant made his single-seater debut in the Formula 4 UAE Championship with Team Motopark in the winter of 2016-17. He took an incredible second place in the championship with 15 podium finishes out of 18 official races, but without winning a single race. In 2017 he joined Carlin to test himself in the F4 British Championship. Sargeant won two races in Rockingham Motor Speedway and Silverstone and finished third behind his teammate Oscar Piastri and the champion Jamie Caroline.
Formula Renault Eurocup
In 2018, Sergeant joined R-ace to compete in Formula Renault Eurocup full-time. He won the first race of his Eurocup career, the season opener at Paul Ricard. The American later won a race each at the Nürburgring, and at the season finale at Barcelona. With 218 points, he finished fourth in the championship behind Max Fewtrell, Christian Lundgaard and Ye Yeifei. In the rookie championship, he finished second after Christian Lundgaard.
FIA Formula3 Championship
Sargeant joined Carlin again in 2019 to race in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. He finished 19th in the championship scoring points on four occasions. His teammates, Filipe Drugovich and Teppei Natori finished 16th and 24th, respectively.
In 2020, Sergeant moved to Prema Racing to partner Frederick Vesti and Oscar Piastri, his British F4 rival. He gained three podium positions but had to wait till the second feature race at Silverstone, to win his first FIA F3 race. In doing so, he gained the lead in the championship. Sargeant did win the sprint in Belgium but managed to score only eight points in the final two rounds of the championship. He finished third in the championship, just a point behind Théo Pourchaire and four points behind the champion, Oscar Piastri, his teammate.
Sargeant cited financial reasons on 10 February 2021 for not progressing to the FIA Formula 2 Championship. He joined Charouz Racing System and took part in a pre-season F3 test in April 2020. He was subsequently announced as a driver for Charouz in the 2021 Formula 3 Championship. Sargent did score a couple of fourth-place finishes in the first third of the season. A podium he won at the Red Bull Ring was denied Sargeant post-race, for breaching track limits.
Sergeant bagged his first podium finish in the first race at Bucharest and followed it up by a third-place finish in Belgium. At Zandvoort, he won his best finish of the season so far, a second place. Sargeant’s first win of the championship was also Charouz’s first Formula 3 victory. The American got the win in the final round at Sochi to finish seventh in the championship with 102 points.
FIA Formula 2 Championship
Sargeant made his debut in FIA Formula 2 Championship with HWA Racelab in the penultimate round of 2021. He finished the race in 6th position but had to retire in the sprint race due to mechanical problems. He finished 14th in the aborted feature race.
On December 13, 2021, Carlin announced that the American will be driving for them in the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship. Sargeant was to partner with the New Zealander Liam Lawson. He became the first American to win a Formula 2 race when he won the feature race at the British Grand Prix. A penalty after the chequered flag for the two race leaders gave Sargeant another victory at the Austria F2 feature race.
Sargeant announced that he was joining Williams Driver Academy in October 2021, the weekend of the United States Grand Prix. He first tested an F1 car, the Williams FW43B, at the post-season test at Yas Marina Circuit. After the test, he described the event as an “experience of a lifetime”.
At the practice session of the 2022 United States Grand Prix, Sargeant became the first American to take part in a weekend session since Alexander Rossi in 2015. Josh Capito, the Williams’ team principal, felt that his debut was both a pleasure and pressure for Sargeant. Sargent again participated in practice sessions in the Mexico City Grand Prix, the Sao Paulo Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Williams (2023 –)
During the weekend of the 2022 United States Grand Prix, Williams’ principal Capito announced the Sargeant will race for Williams if he gets the necessary Super Licence points in the F2. Sargeant would have to finish fifth (or sixth without penalty points) or better in an F2 race to garner the necessary qualifying points. He promptly got the required super licence points in the feature race in the F2 Abu Dhabi. He won the Rookie of the Year award after finishing fourth in the championship. Sargeant will also get more mileage in F1 over the winter with Alpine in the A521.
On 21 November 2022, Williams decided that Sargeant will replace Nicholas Latifi and drive alongside Alexander Albon for the 2023 FIA Formula One season. After the end of the 2022 season, Sargeant participated in post-season testing driving the Williams FW44. Sergeant chose 2 as his permanent number, a number previously used by Stoffel Vandoorne in 2017 and 2018.