Five things we learned from the 2023 US Grand Prix

We had to wait a few hours for post-race news, but both of our 2023 US Grand Prix Williams Racing drivers scored points!

The celebrations began as we packed the garage to prepare for Mexico, but we had time to take in the momentous occasion.

Our result means more than just getting a few points, here’s what we learned 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 at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix was the last time the Stars and Stripes scored points in the sport, 10,997 days ago.

With Scott Speed ​​and Alexander Rossi representing the country in between, but failing to score points, Logan earned his place in the American record books.

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Sprinting by sprinting

We may be biased, but Alex leaving Austin with the most points is only fair after his heroics on Saturday.

A third separated Alphonso from P8 at the end of the sprint, with George Russell’s five-second time penalty closest to Mercedes car 23.

We may not have had the race pace to reach high levels at COTA, but that didn’t stop Alex from throwing caution to the wind and setting blisteringly fast laps in the final throes of the sprint.

Russell was nearly 10 seconds ahead on lap 12 of the 19-lap race, but Alex finished just 5.317 seconds behind at the checkered flag.

Fills the fan zone

We get the impression that our fan zones are a popular part of the Grand Prix production, judging by the incredible turnout we regularly see.

And so it was for Austin, with many of you coming to Congress Ave to join our Q&A, set up some hot labs, or just say hello.

We love seeing how passionate our fans are and are in awe of your attendance numbers.

As James Walls said during his visit, „This is the best one we’ve ever had!”

Top-10 for two

It may not be the end of a 30-year wait, but Sunday’s classification ended another unpleasant streak.

Alex and Logan taking their FW45s into the top 10 marks a gap of two years, as our last double points won’t grow anymore.

2023 has been more of a battle for points than 2022 as we have re-established ourselves in the midfield positions.

Yet getting both cars in the top half eludes us until the USGP, meaning the first time two Williams Racing representatives have both scored since the wet 2021 race in Belgium.

There is something about COTA

This racer loves quota.

This racer loves quota.

He may be a Miami man, but we think Logan might just fall in love with Texas after making memories in Austin.

A first world championship point for Sarge comes at the track where he made his FP1 debut 12 months ago.

But driving the FW44 on track with his teammates for the first time last year was another COTA step in Logan’s Formula 1 journey.

The trio of Texans have been keeping the Charge happy for years – we have to wonder what the Charge will manage at the 2024 US Grand Prix.

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