American driver Logan Sargeant suffered a major setback during the new shootout session at the F1 British Grand Prix. Despite making it through to the second qualifying segment, Sargeant hit the wall at Turn 15, resulting in severe damage to his Williams FW45. However, Sargeant escaped the crash unscathed.
Williams had several hours to try and make the repairs before the start of the sprint, but unfortunately ran out of time. The team tried everything they could to get Sargeant’s car fixed but were unable to do so.
The FIA announced just two hours before the start of the sprint that Williams had requested Sargeant’s car be withdrawn from the race – a decision that the governing body accepted. This means that the grid will be closed up and all drivers qualified from 16th to 20th will move up one position.
Williams posted on social media that Sargeant’s car would not run in the F1 Sprint despite their best efforts, saying: “Gutted for Logan who has shown great pace with two Q2 appearances this weekend.”
This setback is particularly disappointing for Sargeant as he had shown great progress in qualifying, making it through to Q2 for the first time this season. He is set to start the Grand Prix on Sunday in 15th position, just two places behind his team-mate Alexander Albon.
Despite the disappointment, Williams should be able to complete the necessary repairs in time for Sunday’s Grand Prix.