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In the round-up: Williams F1 academy driver Logan Sargeant will race in this weekend’s F2 rounds in Jeddah with HWA Racelab.

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In brief

Sargeant offered F2 shot with HWA in Saudi Arabia

Logan Sargeant will step up to F2 for the first time and compete in all three races across the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend.

HWA announced on Twitter Sargeant will drive for them in the Saudi Arabian races. The American driver will drive in place of Jake Hughes and joins Alessio Deledda at the team.

Sargeant finished seventh in the Formula 3 championship this season with a single victory. This followed him narrowly missing out on the F3 title in 2020 to Prema team mate Oscar Piastri, who leads the F2 standings heading into the penultimate triple-header.

Sargeant will be joined by Olli Caldwell and Clement Novalak as the third F3 driver to make their F2 debut at the new Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

Prost expected Ricciardo to be “much quicker” compared to Norris

Former world champion Alain Prost, who worked with Daniel Ricciardo over two seasons at Renault, says he expected the team’s former driver to be faster compared to McLaren team mate Lando Norris than he proved in 2021.

“I’m very close to the drivers – as you can imagine being an old racing driver – and with Daniel it was really a big connection,” said Prost.

“It’s always difficult in a career to make a good choice. And it was difficult for him. I’m surprised – I was expecting him to be much better, much quicker in the McLaren compared to Lando [Norris]. But that means also the different ambience in the team or different way of setting up the car could suit a driver a little bit less than another one. It’s another part of the life of a racing driver.”

No concerns over Bottas’s power unit after Qatar retirement

After Valtteri Bottas was forced into retirement at the last race in Qatar following his mid-race puncture, Mercedes are satisfied that Bottas has no potential power unit problems carried over ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

After repairing a cracked pipe outside of the FIA sealed perimeter of the power unit, Mercedes are confident that Bottas’s power unit will have no ill-effects from the damage that led to his eventual retirement in Losail.

Ex-F1 driver Fontana recovers helmet stolen 23 years ago

Former Formula 1 driver Norberto Fontana has been reunited with one of his helmets which was stolen from him the year after his brief appearance in the sport.

The 46-year-old made four starts for Sauber during the 1997 season as a substitute for Nicola Larini and Gianni Morbidelli. A helmet which he used at the time in testing at at Mugello and Estoril was stolen from him the following year.

Fontana revealed on social media he recently recovered the helmet after Christian Bodrato Mionetto, a fellow racer and friend of his, spotted it being worn by a motorbike rider near Buenos Aires. Mionetto alerted Fontana to his discovery, retrieved the helmet and returned it to the original owner.

Bird sets early pace in opening day of Formula E test

Jaguar and Sam Bird set the pace on the first day of Formula E pre-season testing in Valencia as outgoing Alfa Romeo F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi opened his career with Dragon Penske.

Bird was fastest by just over a tenth of a second ahead of Lucas di Grassi in the Venturi after the first of three days of testing. The series’ three rookies for the 2022 season – Oliver Askew, Giovinazzi and Dan Ticktum – sat at the bottom of the timesheets at the end of the day.

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