Having secured a Super License to be able to race on the grid with Williams Racing in 2023, Logan Sargeant has announced his car number for his rookie season. The American has selected #2 and in doing so the number will make a return to an F1 starting grid for the first time since Stoffel Vandoorne ran with it on his McLaren between 2017 and 2018.
Williams Racing social media was busily beaming ‘LS2’ around the web to announce the news that their American racer Logan Sargeant will race in a Williams car with the number 2 on the front. Such a move already brought about predictable trolling from the all too familiar toxic side of the F1 fanbase with people calling Sargeant the number 2 driver already – in comparison with Alex Albon.
In the first instance the #2 news was a surprise to F1 fans as he had previously used the #45 in free practice sessions for Williams while the #6 was used in his Super License achieving Formula 2 season when he came fourth in the F2 Drivers’ Championship.
Therefore, what was the reason for this numerical decision?
We didn’t have to look far to find out seeing how Williams Racing also released a promotional video of logan Sargeant in the race bay of the Williams Factory at Grove talking through his decision before physically attaching the #2 sticker to his car.
“I used to run [number two] in Formula Renault, I had a great season, a bunch of wins...the plan is to keep it going in that direction.” Sargeant stated before confessing that the number 2 was indeed his second choice: “Three is my general number, it was taken [by Daniel Ricciardo].” His remarks then returned to the PR friendly soundbite:
“I’ve ran 2 in the past in Formula Renault. It was a great season, a lot of wins, so we’re going to keep it that way. Run with a fast number that I know is good for me.” Sargeant concluded.
The season Logan Sargeant is making reference to was 2018 in the Formula Renault Eurocup when he raced with the number 2 on his R-ace GP car. That season, Sargeant secured three wins and seven podiums which gave him fourth place in the championship. If he has a fraction of this kind of success in his rookie F1 year he would no doubt be very happy.