The future of Logan Sargeant with the Williams team had become uncertain following a series of accidents since the summer break. The accumulation of mishaps, beginning with a crash during the qualifiers and the main event at the Dutch Grand Prix, was followed by hitting barriers at the Singapore GP. In addition, the American driver recently had a significant crash during the Q1 for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Williams was optimistic for a steady performance improvement from Sargeant for the rest of the season. This would confirm his worth to pair up with Alex Albon in the coming season. However, the recent crash encouraged speculation about Felipe Drugovich, Liam Lawson, or Mick Schumacher replacing Sargeant. Vowles, refuting such rumors, cheekily stated in his post-race ‘Vowles Verdict’ video, that Williams was very much interested in Sargeant’s success, so much so they were dedicated to support him.
“Logan has very clear targets that he has to hit before the end of the season and we’re working with him continuously,” stated Vowles, underlining the determined action plan. He emphasized, “We want him to succeed, and we want him in the car next year. This is very much on us as well.” He acknowledged the challenging season brought upon by using a rookie driver directly from Formula 2 with limited testing in the Bahrain track on their flagship cars.
Sargeant’s crash during the Suzuka qualifiers was the talk of the town last week. However, Vowles pointed out that, after a detailed analysis of the Japanese Grand Prix data, Sargeant has shown the exact progress anticipated by the Williams team. “There were some very positive signs to take out of it,” he noted.
The performance review revealed that Sargeant was not operating on the same aerodynamic specifications as Alex. “We have updates that are on Alex’s car that are not on Logan’s due to the amount of attrition we’ve had this year,” explained Vowles. The insights from Suzuka showed continuous improvement in Sargeant’s performance, hampered only by a few accidents.
Reiterating Williams‘ willingness to continue investing in Sargeant, Vowles stated, “We will continue to work with Logan and invest in Logan, as we want him to succeed.” “We’re nowhere near” the end of the road for Sargeant’s journey with Williams, insisted Vowles. The team has expressed no intent to give up, further indicating their plans to push their young driver program.