Williams ace Logan Sargeant excited to race F1 in Vegas

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A Formula One race in Las Vegas was highly requested among drivers before its inclusion in the 23-race calendar for 2023 was announced last year. Rookie Williams driver Logan Sargeant shares that same excitement, with Vegas being familiar territory from his karting days.

Vegas’ 17-corner, 3.8-mile street circuit will be the second to last race of the 2023 season, with drivers set to go wheel-to-wheel down the strip on November 18. “I’m really looking forward to it one: because I used to race there every year in karts as a kid at the super nationals,” Sargeant exclusively told Express Sport. “So again, it’s similar to Miami. It’s kind of like coming back to very familiar ground and somewhere where it all started, so that’s really cool.

“Obviously, Vegas is Vegas, racing down the strip, I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s definitely a week I’m really looking forward to – that’s to say the same for all the US Grands Prix – but I think that one is going to be a bit more of a special one.”

Sargeant has, however, warned that adding too many races to the calendar could take away some importance. With F1’s popularity exploding in recent years, with help from the hit Netflix series “Drive to Survive”, it’s likely the sport will be under more pressure in the future to increase the number of yearly races.

“It’s a tricky question,” Sargeant pondered. “From my perspective, there needs to be a good balance. I think where we’re at is already a lot of races, it’s pretty good where it is. I think you don’t want to lose the value of each race because there’s so many. I think there’s multiple factors but from a driver’s perspective solely, we’re in a pretty good place where it is now.”

Sargeant isn’t alone in voicing his concerns. Reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen has been more blunt in his response to the ever-changing landscape of the sport. In fact, the double champion, who leads this season’s drivers’ standings, has hinted at retiring should the changes get too much.

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If Sargeant could have a say on a fourth US-based Grand Prix, racing in New York would be high on his list. Specifically, Watkins Glen, which used to be an F1 circuit up until 1980. Two F1 drivers tragically lost their lives at Watkins Glen in the space of a year. French driver Francois Cevert was cut in half and killed during a qualifying session in 1993 after hitting barriers, and a year later Helmuth Koinigg was decapitated after a suspension failure on the car sent him head-on into an Armco barrier.

“I’ve always wanted to race at Watkins Glen in New York,” Sargeant said. “That’s always been on my bucket list, it’s probably not the perfect place for F1 to race at currently, but that would be pretty awesome.”

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