Sargeant, who secured his FIA superlicence over the course of the Abu Dhabi F2 weekend, is anticipated to be formally confirmed quickly as a 2023 Williams driver, and he’ll participate in Tuesday’s younger driver check with the Grove group.
Nonetheless as a favour to Williams and as a way to assist him acquire extra helpful miles Alpine has provided to hire seat time within the coming months in its TPC [testing of previous cars] chassis, which has been pushed this 12 months by Oscar Piastri, Jack Doohan, Nyck de Vries and Antonio Giovinazzi. Sargeant has already had a low-key outing within the Alpine, however driving it as a fully-fledged race driver for an additional group represents a special step.
Though but to be formally agreed, the deliberate association displays a pleasant co-operation between the 2 groups after they got here near agreeing a deal for Piastri to be loaned to Williams for 2023, earlier than the Australian made his transfer to McLaren.
“We would not be opposed to placing him in one among our outdated automobiles and operating him,” Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer advised Autosport.
“They have been useful with us [over Piastri], and will probably be a giant assist for Logan to run in an F1 automotive – a two-year-old automotive now, however nonetheless comparatively shut. And if that is what they determine to do, we might be prepared to take a look at it.”
Requested if it was uncommon for 2 rival groups to cooperate on this means Szafnauer stated: “At this level, hopefully, we cannot be competing with them subsequent 12 months! There may come a time the place we obtained to rethink that.
Logan Sargeant, Williams FW44
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“It is good to have a relationship with them simply in case sooner or later we want one another, and if we will help them and make a bit of cash from it, why not?”
Szafnauer acknowledged that Alpine might sooner or later observe the deliberate Piastri mannequin, for instance by loaning Jack Doohan to Williams: “It is good to have any person that is amenable to do this.”
Williams group principal Jost Capito confirmed that the group has a superb relationship with Alpine.
“I feel we’re pleasant with all groups,” he advised Autosport. “With out being pleasant with Pink Bull, it could not have occurred with Alex [Albon].
“Alex would not have occurred sooner or later. And with Mercedes we’re a superb buyer, we’re pleasant with them. I feel we’re pleasant with everyone. And in case you compete on the monitor it doesn’t suggest you possibly can’t be pleasant with different groups.”
Relating to Sargeant’s qualification for a superlicence he stated: “That is what we have been working in direction of. So I feel we will verify him quickly. We had varied choices for Plan B that we might have gotten into element if it would not have labored out.”