In Formula1, a driver’s career and life can change in the blink of an eye – with the decision of just a couple of people. The race seat of American rookie Logan Sargeant at Williams remains shrouded in uncertainty as we approach the 2024 season. While team boss James Vowles continues to publicly support Sargeant, whispers in the paddock suggest that the talented Frederik Vesti could actually be a contender for the coveted spot.
Vowles, formerly the strategy boss at Mercedes and still closely associated with Toto Wolff, appears to be quietly keeping his options open when it comes to the team’s driver lineup for 2024. Mercedes junior driver Frederik Vesti, a Dane aged 21, finds himself at the center of attention, with a busy weekend ahead in Abu Dhabi. Vesti, still a title contender, faces the conclusion of the Formula 2 season, coupled with the responsibility of driving Mercedes’ Formula 1 car in Friday practice and participating in the post-GP tire test. Perhaps, something is happening.
The intrigue deepens as reports indicate that Toto Wolff is eager to propel Vesti into Formula 1, especially after his plan to guide Mick Schumacher to Williams fell through due to Vowles’ veto.
However, former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher raises an eyebrow at the prospect of Vesti taking precedence over Sargeant. Schumacher, a seasoned observer of the sport and even a multiple grand prix winner, points out that Sargeant has shown steady improvement throughout his rookie year in Formula 1, overcoming initial challenges with resilience.
“Sargeant has demonstrated substantial progress in recent races, notably with his impressive qualifying performance in Las Vegas,” Schumacher noted. “Given his upward trajectory, I expected James Vowles to confirm him for the 2024 season in our interview. The fact that he hasn’t extended that vote of confidence to his current driver is surprising.”