Williams F1 driver Logan Sargeant is the only driver who hasn’t been confirmed as part of the 2024 line-up despite being one of the sport’s more popular stars on social media. The 22-year-old F1 rookie has just one championship point in 2023 and his debut campaign has been littered with mistakes and crashes.
Sargeant has, though, at times, shown glimpses as to why Williams should give him another year. Williams has also dropped several hints that he will stay in recent weeks, from end-of-season testing duties to his own official Williams fan clothing line, and Alex Albon’s public backing.
But Sargeant can put all of the speculation to bed this weekend when he and 19 other of the best single-seater drivers in the world take to the streets of Las Vegas. Sin City is familiar territory to Sargeant, who raced there during his karting days.
“I’m really looking forward to it one: because I used to race there every year in karts as a kid at the super nationals,” Sargeant exclusively told the Daily Express Sport earlier this year. “So again, it’s similar to Miami. It’s kind of like coming back to very familiar ground and somewhere where it all started, so that’s really cool.
“Obviously, Vegas is Vegas, racing down the strip, I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s definitely a week I’m really looking forward to – that’s to say the same for all the US Grands Prix – but I think that one is going to be a bit more of a special one.”
Vegas’ 17-corner, 3.8-mile street circuit will not determine any of F1’s two championships, though, with both already wrapped up by Red Bull and its lead driver, Max Verstappen. Red Bull retained their constructors’ crown without any threat posed to them and Verstappen alone accumulated enough points to beat the rest of the teams on his own. The Dutchman also completed a three-peat of F1 world championships in Qatar.
The world champion wasn’t impressed by the glitz and the glam of Vegas’ opening ceremony. “For me, you can all skip these things,” the Red Bull driver said when asked about the ceremony. “It’s not about the singer, it’s just standing up there, you look like a clown.”
“99% show, and 1% sporting event. Not a lot of emotions, to be honest. I just like to always focus on the performance side of things. I don’t like all the things around it, anyway. I know, of course, in some places, they are part of it, but let’s say it’s not in my interest,” he savagely added. Racing is due to get underway at 10 p.m. local time and low temperatures could throw a spanner in the works of F1 teams’ strategies.