Williams confirm three options for second F1 seat

Williams team principal James Vowles has revealed that he has three drivers on his shortlist for a second drive for the team in 2025.

The Grove-based side confirmed earlier this week that they had signed Alex Albon to a multi-year extension.

However, his teammate has not been confirmed beyond the current season, with Logan Sargeant currently occupying the seat.

Sargent has struggled for form since joining Williams in 2023, with speculation linking Mercedes rookie Kimi Antonelli with the vacancy.

With one driver already completed for the upcoming seasons, Vowles hinted that a decision will be made on his second seat in the near future.

“I don't want to tarnish what I think is a really positive message that we have someone committed to Williams' long-term future,” Fowles told media including the club. Racing News 365.

“I'm looking, at the moment, at three options for 2025 and 2026. It's that simple.

He added: “When we are in a position to talk about it publicly, which will not take long, we will do so.”

Williams 'needs to talk to others'

Sargent has endured a difficult start to the year, missing the Australian Grand Prix when Williams decided to give Albon his chassis before he was involved in a high-speed accident during the first practice session in Japan.

The 23-year-old failed to see the checkered flag last time out in Miami after being involved in an incident with Kevin Magnussen.

While Vowles maintained Sargent's future was in his hands, he admitted he needed to pursue alternative options for the American driver.

“Right now, the direction of travel is that we know we need to perform at the highest level,” he said.

“Logan has the control in his hands to make sure he performs at this level. That's his ability to control.

“I didn’t take that from him. But what is clear is that we also need to talk to others, and we do.”


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