(Motorsport-Total.com) – New Williams driver Logan Sargeant could rack up extra Formula 1 miles in a 2021 Alpine over the winter if the two teams come to an agreement.
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Logan Sargeant was on tour for Williams in the first Abu Dhabi practice session
Sargeant, who earned his FIA Super License over the Formula 2 weekend in Abu Dhabi, will take part in Tuesday’s young driver test with Williams. Team boss Jost Capito already confirmed over the USA weekend that the American will start the team in 2023, provided he gets the superlicense.
However, as a favor to Williams and to help him rack up more useful mileage, Alpine has offered to rent test time on Alpine’s TPC (TPC = Testing of Previous Cars) chassis for the next several months, which Oscar Piastri used this year, Jack Doohan. , Nyck de Vries and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Szafnauer explains: Why does Alpine Williams want to help?
Sargeant has already made a low-key outing with the Alpine. Although the proposed deal has yet to be formally agreed, it reflects a friendly working relationship between the two teams, having come close to loaning Piastri to Williams for 2023 before the Australian joined McLaren.
“We wouldn’t mind putting him in one of our old cars and letting him drive,” Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer told Motorsport.com. “were we [bei Piastri] useful, and it would be a great help for Logan to drive a Formula 1 car, a two-year-old car but still relatively close. And if they choose to do that, we’d be ready to see it.”
Asked if it’s unusual for two rival teams to work together in this way, Szafnauer said: “At this point, I hope we’re not racing them next year! At some point we’ll have to reconsider.”
“It’s good to have a relationship with them in case we need each other in the future and if we can help them out and make some money, why not?”
Szafnauer admits that Alpine could one day follow Piastri’s planned model and, for example, loan Jack Doohan to Williams: “It’s nice to have someone who’s willing to do that.” In addition, a future engine partnership was also discussed as part of a possible Piastri loan. The Renault engine is currently only fitted to the Alpine.
Capito: “They are friends of all the teams”
Williams team boss Jost Capito also confirms that the team has a good relationship with Alpine: “I think we are friends with all the teams,” he emphasizes. “Without the friendship with Red Bull it would be with Alexander [Albon] It was not possible”.
“Alex wouldn’t have been there one day. And with Mercedes, we’re a good customer, we’re friends with them. I think we’re friends with everyone. And when you’re racing on the track, that doesn’t happen.” It means that you are not with him, he can be friends with other teams.
Referring to Sargeant’s qualification for a super license, he says: “That’s what we’ve been working towards, so I think we’ll be able to confirm that soon.” With fifth place in the feature race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the American secured fourth place in the drivers’ standings and thus more than met the criteria for the super license.