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2022 Driver Academy report: Points, podiums and promotions

Published on
13 Dec 2022
Est. reading time
4 Min

We look back on a successful season for the Williams Racing Driver Academy

2022 was a sensational season for the Williams Racing Driver Academy across the four championships our drivers contested.
Understandably, Logan Sargeant's promotion to our Formula 1 team for 2023 took the most headlines. But success and trophies from his Academy teammates mean there's plenty to celebrate from this season and lots to look forward to in the New Year.
Here's your run-down on how 2022 looked for the Williams Driver Academy and what to expect in 2023.

Formula 2

Logan Sargeant

Logan Sargeant was the top 2022 Formula 2 rookie after a mid-season run that springboarded his campaign and opened the door to his eventual F1 seat.
Logan learnt the ropes in the opening rounds with some decent points and qualified on the second row in his first competitive day driving an F2 car.
Round 4 in Barcelona saw our American take the first of four 2022 trophies as he jumped from a P6 starting position to P3 in the Sprint Race.
A second-place finish in the Baku Feature Race preceded a sensational Silverstone weekend for the Williams Driver Academy with three pole positions across three series, including Logan's maiden P1 start.
The Floridian racer serenely and comfortably took his first F2 race win at our home track that Silverstone Sunday and doubled up one week later with a Feature Race win in changing conditions – a race Logan called "insane".
With more points bagged every single round after Austria, including some from another pole position at Le Castellet, Logan secured a P4 finish in the standings to clinch his F1 drive for 2023.

Watch: Logan's first interview after securing his seat in Formula One

Formula 3

Zak O'Sullivan

A stellar first season for Zak O'Sullivan in Formula 3 had the British teenager consistently outperform his teammates to take P11 in the championship with a hugely competitive field around him.
By the season's end, Zak had taken 54 of his Carlin team's 57 points total and won their only silverware and podium finishes.
The Silverstone pole position and the subsequent wheel-to-wheel fight for P2 over the line with compatriot Ollie Bearman, which Zak won by just 0.05s, represented the season's high-water mark, points-wise.
A phenomenal surge through the field to P4 in Hungary on a drying track also highlighted how confident the 17-year-old racer is at overtaking. That remarkable performance earned Zak the Best Comeback of the Year award at F3’s prize giving ceremony on Sunday night.
An October test day in an F1 car, a reward for winning the 2021 Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award, topped off 2022.
Zak's gift for his impressive rookie season is a step up to one of F3's most-storied teams for 2023.
Our homegrown talent will race for the 2022 Teams' champions PREMA next season, and, as the most experienced driver in the Italian outfit's ranks, he will be looking to push at the top end of the standings.

Watch: Zak discusses joining PREMA in 2023

W Series

Jamie Chadwick

Even by Jamie Chadwick's incredibly high standards, 2022 was a special season. The 2019 and 2021 W Series champion entered the year as the lead driver of the new Jenner Racing team.
Jamie promptly showed why team boss Caitlyn Jenner wanted our Academy ace in her squad by winning both races at the season-opener event in Miami.
The Brit then relentlessly won at Barcelona, Silverstone, and Le Castellet to record five successive 2022 wins and seven in a row when counting back to 2021.
A P2 finish in Hungary meant Jamie scored 13 consecutive podiums in W Series, and even a crash in Singapore didn't stop her from winning a third championship.
2023 will see Jamie at the helm of a very different beast as she heads stateside.
Indy NXT, formerly Indy Lights, will see our 24-year-old racer join the Andretti Autosport team to compete against other hopefuls looking to reach Indycar over a 14-round calendar filled with classic USA race tracks.

British F4

Ollie Gray

A second season in British F4 for Ollie Gray had our youngest Academy representative fight through 30 races to take the vice-champion title.
A brace of wins over 2022 meant the teenager was the only driver able to worry runaway champion Alex Dunne in the final round at Brands Hatch.
Ollie's strong year had him finish on the podium more often than not to bolster his trophy cabinet: he took to the rostrum on 16 occasions.
His maiden 2022 top-step success at Croft was the culmination of a wonderful weekend where our youngster made it three trophy triumphs from three races at the North Yorkshire circuit.
Stay tuned to our digital and social channels and the official Williams app to be the first to hear of Ollie’s plans for 2023.
With Williams bringing Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, and now Logan Sargeant to F1 through our Academy initiative, the Williams Driver Academy has quickly become one of the best junior programs that help progress drivers to the very pinnacle of motorsport.
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