Logan Sargeant, 21, is the first American in F1 since 2015 (Alexander Rossi), in a sport that is taking off in the United States.
The pressure is on for any rookie, especially an American one, and he’s ready to take it head on.
“Obviously, it is super special to be the first American driver in a while,” Sargeant told Sky Sports.
“With three Grand Prixs [in America], that is going to be fun. Miami is just on my doorstep so I am really looking forward to that one.
“It is maybe a little bit of extra pressure, but, at the end of the day, I put a lot of pressure on myself and the expectations are high.
“We just need to get the job done.”
“It is definitely a dream come true. I feel like 16 years of hard work, the weight was lifted off my shoulders that we made it here,” he added.
“Then you immediately think, now the real work starts, trying to keep my place in Formula 1 going forward.
“The stars definitely have to align, and you have to be in the right place at the right time.
“Williams has supported me so much since the end of last year, and they gave me so much confidence throughout the year that this seat was up for grabs if I did my job.
“Going into that last round, I needed to get my super license and the pressure was on to maximize the weekend, and we did.
“I am just looking forward to doing my best for them in the future.”