Who is in Williams' F1 driver academy?

Jake Nichol October 23, 2021
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Williams has signed American Logan Sargeant to their F1 driver academy, but who else is currently in the academy and who has graduated from it?

Williams sign Sargeant to academy

As F1 continues to grow its footprint in America, Williams has elected to sign junior racer Logan Sargeant to its F1 driver academy.

Florida-native Sargeant has worked his way up through the junior ranks in Europe.

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In 2019, he moved up to the FIA Formula 3 series that provides support races to F1.

He took two wins in 2020 and one more in 2021.

Sargeant finished third in 2020, but fell to seventh place this season, driving for Charouz Racing System.

His role will include simulator work to help 2022 race drivers Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi.

His 2022 race programme has yet to be announced.

Sargeant is just the latest driver to join Williams’ F1 driver academy, with past members including current F1 stars.

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Who is currently in the Academy?

There are four drivers currently in the academy, including Sargeant.

Jamie Chadwick has been in it the longest.

Chadwick is in contention for the W Series title this weekend on the F1 support package.

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She joined in 2019, a year before Roy Nissany and Jack Aitken became members.

Nissany has driven in practice sessions for Williams in 2021, with Aitken the only one to actually race in F1.

He subbed in at Williams for George Russell at the 2020 Sakhir GP, after Russell replaced the covid-19 stricken Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

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Who used to be in the Williams F1 driver academy?

The inaugural member of the academy was Lance Stroll.

Stroll joined in 2016 as he prepared for a maiden F1 campaign in ’17.

He stayed for two seasons, before leaving at the end of 2018 for Racing Point – now Aston Martin.

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He and his father Lawrence was fed up with Williams’ slide towards the back of the grid, and looked elsewhere.

Latifi is the other graduate to have reached F1.

He made his debut in 2020 alongside Russell.

The Canadian scored his first points in the Hungarian GP and Williams’ first since the 2019 German GP.

He followed that up with more points in the abandoned Belgian GP at Spa.

Oliver Rowland left for Formula E after not being able to find a race seat in F1.

The final former member of the driver academy is Dan Ticktum.

The Briton left it earlier in 2021 through mutual consent with the team.

Ticktum’s reputation precedes him, despite his speed and talent.

He was also dropped from the Red Bull junior programme in 2019.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.