There are several reports suggesting that Aston Martin reserve driver Felipe Drugovich could be a possible replacement for Logan Sargeant at Williams. This could be alarming news for the American rookie as he would then have limited time to prove his worth and keep his seat in F1.
Even though team principal James Vowles has praised Sargeant and wants to support the rookie, many believe that the driver needs to step up his performance if he wants to stay in the sport. Sargeant's pace has been nowhere near that of his teammate Alex Albon.
As the 2023 F1 season gradually comes to a close, the driver market is heating up, with new drivers hungrily waiting for an F1 seat. According to Blick, one of those drivers is Aston Martin's reserve driver, Felipe Drugovich, who has been "negotiating for weeks" with Williams.
The Brazilian-Italian driver has an impressive record of racing in single-seater racing series. He has won in Formula 2000, Euroformula, Spanish Formula 3, and Formula 2.
Although former Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher was also a prime candidate for a return to F1 with Williams, the doors of opportunity have nearly closed on him, and he has reportedly been contacted by Alpine's WEC team. Hence, Drugovich is the next candidate for the British team.
Only time will tell whether Logan Sargeant will be able to prove his worth and keep his seat, or if Williams will start looking at the driver market for a new racer.
Williams' team principal reportedly wants to support Logan Sargeant instead of punishing him
Despite many rumors and reports about Logan Sargeant's seat being in danger, Williams team principal James Vowles is seemingly willing to support the American rookie. Vowles recently said Sargeant is well aware of his learning curve and how he needs to make it steeper.
He added that Williams should help him along his career rather than punish him for his poor performance.
"The pace of learning has to increase now. He’s aware of all that, and I think he’s already very mature for his age. He knows he has a long career ahead of him, [and] that he’s in charge of. Our job is to help him along the way, not punish him," James Vowles told the media.
The Williams team principal seemingly still has his arms around Logan Sargeant. That suggests the rookie will most likely stay with the British team until 2024.