Williams F1‘s performance director, Rob Vowles, has acknowledged Logan Sargeant‘s potential as a racer amid a series of mishaps in the initial races. Although Sargeant has been showing remarkable speed, he was not able to match the performances of his more experienced teammate, Alex Albon. The American driver got involved in a sequence of crashes, collided with Nyck De Vries during the final restart in Australia, and also missed the sprint in Baku after another severe crash during the shootout SQ1 session.
However, Sargeant’s racing incident at his home race in Miami did not earn him any blame from Vowles. Firstly lap contact was made with Lance Stroll‘s right-rear wheel, resulting in an early pit stop for a new nose and leaving him at the back of the field for the remainder of the race. Despite the incident, Sargeant had the opportunity to use the rest of the race as an extended test session on an empty track.
Vowles has stated that Sargeant could demonstrate his potential on the track consistently. With two qualifications and the Miami Grand Prix incident, he has shown substantial progress in a brief period. Vowles also stressed that Sargeant should not worry and should concentrate on improving his control and delivering cleanly.
Furthermore, Vowles also explained to Sargeant that he is fast and must concentrate on getting into Q2. He has had a series of races in places he has never even been to before, thus it is understandable if he is not invariably on Alex’s ranking. However, there was only three-tenths between him and Alex, and it was just seven cars, which indicated that he was getting closer.
Vowles’ advice to Sargeant is to use Q2 to build his experience by almost double from his present performances. Vowles has encouraged the 22-year-old to become more consistent and pay no attention to matching his experienced teammate. Although Sargeant has the speed, he must learn how to control it better.
Additionally, Vowles sees a lot of potential in Sargeant and believes he will slowly edge up as he gains more experience on the track. He also acknowledges that Sargeant has shown consistent progress in the two qualifications he has participated in so far.