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Sargeant reflects on highlights of tough rookie season

Williams driver has indicated where he believes he needs to improve for 2024

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Logan Sargeant has revealed the highlight of his first year in the pinnacle of motorsport. 

Logan Sargeant on track during practice for the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Image Credit: Williams F1 Team)
Logan Sargeant on track during practice for the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Image Credit: Williams F1 Team)

After finishing P4 in the 2022 F2 season as part of the Williams Driver Academy, Sargeant graduated to F1 for 2023, partnering Alex Albon. He joined AlphaTauri’s Nyck de Vries and McLaren’s Oscar Piastri as rookies, all with something to prove.

Sargeant struggled in his opening races to match the pace of his teammate. While Albon secured P10 in Bahrain, Sargeant finished P12. While a good start, he was also lapped.

A series of high-profile crashes also piled pressure on the American. In Australia, he crashed into Nyck de Vries during a restart. He crashed again during sprint qualifying in Baku, then again during practice in Spain.

Yet to score a point, his crashes were mixed with flashes of speed. Despite being close to scoring points, more crashes followed in Spa, Zandvoort and Suzuka. His race in Suzuka was short-lived, retiring on lap 22 after a collision with the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas. 

His crash at Zandvoort was particularly costly, preventing him from participating in Q3. It was the first time he had reached Q3 for the first time in his career.

American races mark season turnaround

His season breakthrough at Austin placed him on the scoreboard, securing P10. A strong qualifying in Las Vegas saw him reach Q3 for the second time in 2023, but he dropped out of the points during the race.

Speaking to formula1.com, Sargeant has confirmed he knows where he needs to improve for next season: “I think the biggest thing for me is appreciating the level of effort that needs to go into it to be able to perform at such a level every single day.”

“You can get away with [it] on a semi-average day in junior formulas, you’re still right at the front, whereas here, that’s not the case. “It’s about trying to constantly be able to perform at that level, day in and day out, and I think that’s been the biggest thing.”

Sargeant then revealed his season highlight. He confirmed reaching Q3 under the lights in Las Vegas held more significance than his point in Austin. His reason was the consistency across all sessions in Sin City:

“Definitely the quali in Vegas, for sure,”

“I think to be able to finally put it together over three qualifying sessions was really nice, helped by the fact we had a quick car in Vegas, but that was definitely my highlight.”

Although Sargeant’s pace improved in the latter stages of the season, inconsistency continued to plague the American. The final race of the year saw Sargeant have both of his Q1 lap times deleted. Starting the race from last, he finished P16. He has yet to be confirmed for 2024.
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