Williams Racing team principal James Vowles opens up about options for second seat to replace Logan Sargeant

While Albon's position is secure, his teammate for the upcoming seasons remains uncertain. Currently, Logan Sargeant occupies the seat, but his performance has been inconsistent since joining Williams in 2023.

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Days after signing an extension deal with Alex Albon, Willams Racing has revealed three prospects for their second seat. Williams team principal, James Vowles has disclosed that he is considering three drivers to replace struggling Logan Sargeant at the team for the 2025 season.

While Albon's position is secured, his teammate for the upcoming seasons remains uncertain. Currently, Logan Sargeant occupies the seat, but his performance has been inconsistent since joining Williams in 2023. Speculation has arisen about Mercedes junior driver Kimi Antonelli taking the vacant seat, adding intrigue to the team's driver lineup for the future.

“I don't want to sully what I think is a positive message that we have someone committing to the long-term future of Williams,” Vowles told media at Imola on Thursday. “I'm looking, at the moment, at about three options for 2025 and 2026. It’s as simple as that. When we're in a position where I can talk about it openly, which won't be long, we will do”, he further added. 

“Logan has control in his hands”, says James Vowles

It’s worth noting that Sargeant has faced a challenging beginning to the year, marked by setbacks such as missing out on the Australian Grand Prix when Williams opted to allocate his chassis to Albon. Additionally, he encountered a high-speed crash during FP1 in Japan. 

Most recently, the 23-year-old failed to complete the race in Miami, following an incident involving Kevin Magnussen. James Vowles emphasized that Sargeant holds the reins to his future, yet acknowledged the necessity for exploring alternative avenues concerning the American driver's trajectory.

“For now, the direction of travel is we know that we need to be performing at the highest level. Logan has control in his hands to make sure he's performing at that level. That's his ability to control. I haven't taken that away from him. But what's clear is we also need to be talking to others, and we are”, he told media. 

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