American driver Logan Sargeant will start Sunday’s Saudi Arabian GP in last place after he failed to log a lap time in the first qualifying session. Sargeant had a good first run but his time was deleted after he put his left front wheel over the white line as he passed the pit entry. On his second run, he span at the high-speed Turn 22, which he was lucky to escape without damage. He made another mistake at Turn 1, touching the wall with his left rear before parking a few corners later, meaning he failed to set a representative time.
Robson commented on the situation, saying, “one small mistake by a few inches then in a space of a few minutes, it spiralled into a little bit of an unfortunate session. It’s very easy for that to happen, and it’s experience. You need to keep yourself a little bit calmer in that situation and make the following chances work for you. I think that’s what it is to be a rookie when he’s playing with such fine margins.”
Sargeant explained his initial time was deleted because he put his front left wheel on the painted pit entry. He said, “it’s frustrating because there’s been no policing of track limits all weekend, and then we have no reference coming into qualifying and I do what I’ve done all weekend, and it gets deleted…the team gave me a great car, we had a lot of speed, to be honest. And yeah, it is disappointing to have not put a good lap in for them and move forward in quali.”
Sargeant denied that the deleted time put extra pressure on him for the lap when he span. He said, “not the second lap- I was on another great lap. I was up on myself, and probably just was asking for a little bit too much in Turn 22. And once I spun there, I lost the feeling on the brake pedal. So I obviously slammed the brakes there and then I don’t know if that affected me on the next lap, but it’s just it’s frustrating.”