Five Things We Learned from the 2023 US Grand Prix

Published on
24 Oct 2023
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3 Min

Some fast facts from our weekend in Austin

It took a few hours of post-race waiting for the news, but our 2023 US Grand Prix saw both Williams Racing drivers scoring points!
The celebrations began while we packed up the garage to prepare for Mexico, but we've had time to take in the momentous occasion.
With our finish meaning much more than just netting a few points, here's what we've learned from our time in Texas.

American History 101

Logan scoring his first F1 points represents a milestone in American motorsport, ending a three-decade drought of point-scoring finishes for American racers.
Michael Andretti's P3 in the 1993 Italian Grand Prix was the last time the Stars and Stripes earned points in the sport, some 10,997 days earlier.
With Scott Speed and Alexander Rossi representing the country in between but failing to reach the points, Logan has earned his place in the US record books.

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Sprinting through the Sprint

We may be biased, but Alex leaving Austin with more points only seemed fair after his heroics on Saturday.
Just three-tenths separated Albono from P8 when Sprint finished, with George Russell's five-second time penalty classifying the Mercedes agonisingly close to car 23.
We might not have had the race pace to reach the upper positions at COTA, but that didn't stop Alex from throwing caution to the wind and setting blisteringly quick laps in the final throes of Sprint.
Russell was almost 10 seconds ahead on Lap 12 of the 19-lap race, but Alex closed that down to just 5.317s by the chequered flag.

Filling the Fan Zone

Thank you to the thousands who joined us at 800 Congress during the week.
Thank you to the thousands who joined us at 800 Congress during the week.
We get the impression that our fan zones are a popular part of Grand Prix preparation, judging by the incredible turnout we continue seeing.
Austin had so, so many of you coming through the doors on Congress Ave to join our Q&As, set some hot laps, or say hello.
We love seeing how passionate our fans are and are in awe at the number of you who visited.
Like James Vowles said on his visit, "This is absolutely the best one we've had yet!"

Top-10 for Two

It might not quite be the end of a 30-year wait, but Sunday's classification also stopped another unwelcome streak from continuing.
Alex and Logan taking their FW45s to the top 10 meant the two-year gap since our last double-points finish won't grow any longer.
2023 has had us fighting for points far more frequently than 2022 as we've re-established ourselves in the midfield positions.
Yet getting both cars in the upper half eluded us until the USGP, meaning we had two Williams Racing representatives both scoring for the first time since Belgium's wet 2021 race.

There's something about COTA

This racer just loves COTA.
This racer just loves COTA.
He may be a Miami man, but we think Logan might be falling in love with Texas, too, after another year of making memories in Austin.
The first World Championship point for Sarge comes at the track where he also made his FP1 debut 12 months earlier.
But getting to drive the FW44 on track with his peers for the first time last year was just another COTA step on Logan's Formula 1 journey.
One year before that, we announced we were welcoming Logan to the Williams family at the 2021 USGP when he first joined the Williams Racing Driver Academy – a trio of Texan delights for Sarge over the years!
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