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Williams Contemplates Historic Mid-Season Swap: Sargeant Out, Antonelli In for F1 2024

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Williams seeks FIA approval for first mid-season F1 driver swap of 2024

Logan Sargeant might be the initial Formula 1 racer of 2024 to face dismissal before the season ends.

Insiders within the paddock suggest that Andrea Kimi Antonelli, a young talent from the Mercedes junior team, is expected to step up for the latter part of this season.

Sargeant and his esteemed colleague Alex Albon have yet to secure any points in the initial five rounds.

"Last weekend, the buzz in China was about Antonelli taking the second Williams seat next to Alex Albon starting from the summer break," shared Tom Clarkson, the host of the F1 Nation podcast during an FIA press conference.

He reaches the age of 18 by the end of August.

"Williams is seeking special permission from the FIA."

"Why is Antonelli not racing in Formula 1 at 17, just as Max Verstappen did?"

"However, I believe the guidelines are now established, and there will be no exceptions."

"I envision Antonelli taking over Sargeant's spot in the Williams team during the latter part of the season."

Antonelli is rumored to be in line to take over from Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for the upcoming season.

In his debut season in Formula 2, Toto Wolff has praised his exceptional talent.

Antonelli has had the chance to pilot Mercedes F1 vehicles this year, clearly aiming to familiarize himself with the challenges involved.

If Mercedes decides to commit to Antonelli as a regular driver for the upcoming season, then sending him to Williams for the latter part of this year could provide him with an early opportunity to familiarize himself with Formula 1.

American racer Sargeant will remain under close observation for his position in the lineup.

Williams asserted their continued trust in him, even though they replaced him with Albon (who had wrecked his own vehicle) to drive in Australia.

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