Our visit to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix might have represented a first Formula One start for Nyck de Vries, but for our Academy, it was the end of the title battles. The Formula 3 season concluded, and Formula 2 crowned its champion in its penultimate round of 2022.
Here's how the Williams Driver Academy fared at the Temple of Speed.
Logan Sargeant heads into Formula 2's Abu Dhabi finale as the top rookie with his third-place championship position. Our young American took P9 in Qualifying to hand him a reverse grid front row in the Sprint Race after Friday's session came to an early end with a red flag.
After slipping back a little from the race start, an early Safety Car allowed Logan the chance to fight Jehan Daruvala for P4 and the two would continue battling throughout the Sprint Race.
Our Academy driver crossed the line in fourth after surging past Ayumu Iwasa at the second Safety Car restart on Lap 11 to pick up five valuable points.
Logan was sadly a passenger in a Lap 1 Feature Race crash after a concertina of collisions broke his suspension at the Roggia chicane.
Nevertheless, he heads into the final round with a nine-point lead over Daruvala and Jack Doohan, who sit joint-P4 in the standings.
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As with Logan in F2, Zak O'Sullivan's qualifying session in Formula 3 had a red flag to interrupt proceedings. Unlike in F2, qualifying restarted, but the stoppage had Zak finish in P17, meaning his final racing weekend would be tricky.
Zak had some midfield battles in the Sprint Race, gaining positions to run in P15. Sadly, his day came to an early end when he locked his front brakes trying to avoid contact with his Carlin teammate Brad Benevides and hit the wall.
A wild Feature Race that ended under the Safety Car with time penalties for several drivers had Zak take P11, just outside the points, in the final classification.
Zak's rookie season comes to a close with the teenager finishing P11 in the championship standings after amassing 54 points over the nine rounds.
That memorable P2 in the Silverstone Feature Race ahead of the British Grand Prix is Zak's best result, not to mention one of the closest finishes you'll see this year.
The overtaking blitz in Hungary after switching to dry tyres to take P4 and scoring silverware in Zandvoort are more feathers in Zak's cap as he completes his first year in the Williams Driver Academy.
Logan will return to action at the Yas Marina Circuit when F2's Abu Dhabi finale comes on 18-20 November. The Williams Driver Academy will next see the track at Silverstone on 23-25 September as Ollie Gray takes on the Northamptonshire circuit in British F4.
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