Williams claim they are in a solid financial position ahead of the new F1 season, despite the loss of sponsors for former driver Nicholas Latifi. After three seasons with Williams, Latifi left the team at the end of 2022, along with his sponsors such as Lavazza and Sofina. The Williams team unveiled a new livery for the FW45 racing car this week, featuring a new sponsor, Gulf Oil. The team's commercial director, James Bower, however, said the loss of Latifi's sponsors had not hit the team as hard as some had suggested. "There are some assumptions about the loss of income from the recent changes, but the reality is different," Bower said. "We're adding new partners in the run-up to the season, so I think we're in a much more robust position than we were
Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc and the young racer Robert Schwarzman were the fastest with the Ferrari team at the tire testing for the 2023 season in Abu Dhabi. A total of 9 laps were completed during the 237-hour test at the Yas Marina circuit. After the final of the 2022 season, the teams stayed in Abu Dhabi, where they performed tire tests for the coming season. Each team could send one regular and one young racer to the track. The fourth time of the day was achieved by Pierre Gasly, who changed the Alpha Tauri car to the Alpine team car. Fifth was current world champion Max Verstappen, who sat in the car in the afternoon after being driven by Sergio Perez in the morning. The Mexican set the thirteenth time of the day. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Oscar Pi also drove the first laps in the new teams
The Williams team has formally confirmed that Logan Sargeant is moving to F1 next season, where he will become Alex Albon's teammate. At Williams, his arrival was announced even before the young racer fulfilled the conditions for the superlicense, which is necessary for participation in F1, and he confirmed this formality at the last F2 race in Abu Dhabi, where he finished in fourth place. With two wins and four podium finishes, Sargeant became Rookie of the Year, and this year he prepared for his debut in the 2023 season in four free practice sessions in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Sargeant will thus take the place of Canadian Nicholas Latifi. "Since joining the young racers' academy, Logan has integrated perfectly into the team by working on the simulator, and finally by appearing in four free training sessions,"
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