Haas eye move for Logan Sargeant before he even makes his F1 debut this weekend… as boss Gunther Steiner opens up on desire to have a US driver in the sport’s only American team
- Logan Sargeant finished 18th of 20 in FP1 in Bahrain, but crucially ahead of Albon
- Gunther Steiner admits he would like to see an American driver come to Haas
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Haas F1 are eyeing an American revolution and want to sign the sport’s only US driver – before he has even sat in the cockpit for his first race.
Logan Sargeant made his debut for Williams on Friday morning in first practice ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, and Sunday will see him line up on the grid for his first race at the highest level.
But despite him not yet seeing the lights go out, it appears he has suitors from a different team in the paddock – his American friends down at Haas.
‘Of course I would like to see an American driver with us,’ Haas team principal Steiner told Texas TV station KVUE.
‘I think what we need to see is the development of an American driver, which is very difficult. We had the last two years ago with two rookies, last year with one inexperienced driver. And we as a team are still very young.
Logan Sargeant is gearing up for his first race as a Formula One driver in Bahrain this weekend
In first practice on Friday, the American finished 18th of 20, but crucially ahead of Alex Albon
‘For us at the moment there is more performance to be gained for the team to make it better, to get ready, because at the moment there is no American driver with experience in F1. Therefore, we decided not to take an American again.
‘There is now an American driver [Sargeant] who is going to gain experience and he needs all the support he can get at the moment. And I don’t think at the moment it’s there.
‘So, hopefully it comes, because I wish that he makes experience and then once he has made experience, he comes to us, the American team. How about that?’
Gunther Steiner admits he would like to bring the young American to his US F1 team
Sargeant drives on track in Bahrain as he gears up for the biggest weekend of his career
In FP1 – the first competitive session of the 2023 season – Sargeant finished 18th of the 20 cars, but crucially just ahead of his Williams teammate, the more experienced Alex Albon.
Save for Carlos Sainz’s spin – which left him bottom of the timesheets – Williams would have been dead last of the constructors, and they seemingly have plenty of work to do this season if they are to be competitive.
Given their place near the bottom of the standings, Sargeant’s main goal for 2023 will be to finish ahead of his teammate, and the American did exactly that in his first session.
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