Sargeant, who secured his FIA superlicence over the course of the Abu Dhabi F2 weekend, is predicted 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 in an effort to assist him achieve extra helpful miles Alpine has supplied to hire seat time within the coming months in its TPC [testing of previous cars] chassis, which has been pushed this yr 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“We would not be hostile to placing him in certainly one of our outdated vehicles and operating him,” Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer informed Autosport.
“They have been useful with us [over Piastri], and it will likely 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 resolve to do, we might be keen 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 can’t be competing with them subsequent yr! There would possibly come a time the place we bought 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’d like one another, and if we can assist 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 someone that is amenable to do this.”
Williams group principal Jost Capito confirmed that the group has a superb relationship with Alpine.
“I believe we’re pleasant with all groups,” he informed Autosport. “With out being pleasant with Crimson 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 believe we’re pleasant with everyone. And if you happen to compete on the observe it doesn’t suggest you may’t be pleasant with different groups.”
Concerning Sargeant’s qualification for a superlicence he stated: “That is what we have been working in the direction of. So I believe we are able to affirm him quickly. We had numerous choices for Plan B that we might have gotten into element if it would not have labored out.”
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