The newbie American driver, Logan Sargeant, exhibited remarkable control navigating his Williams at the Dutch GP Venue, where his teammate, Alex Albon, also managed an impressive fourth on the grid start – a testament to the Williams‘ unexpected good form.
Moving through a demanding wet Q2, Sargeant secured an encouraging tenth place before his tough luck put a pause – crashing early in the final qualifying round on slicks. Consequently, he ended up last in the session but will start from tenth position in Sunday’s race.
Reflecting on the incident, Sargeant told F1 Initiative, “It’s just tough, fine margins in those conditions. Last thing I ever want to do is leave the team with a boatload of damage, but I’m doing my best to deliver good results.”
He expressed that the weekend had shaped up positively, particularly during the dry weather on the previous day where his run pace was excellent, and the car was in a good window. Sargeant was candid about the struggle in wet conditions, but emphasized on managing to deliver laps in critical moments – an aspect he felt improved greatly.
However, he added, “All of it is just shadowed by a millimetre mistake.”
“I know in full dry conditions, I’m really close now, which is a huge positive for me. I’m starting to understand how to extract all the time from the car,” he said, adding that he felt it was such a pity to bog down the good form with a mistake. Nevertheless, he promised to move ahead undeterred.
Sargeant’s rookie season has had a significant share of accidents, proving to be a costly affair for the team. Commenting on that, he remarked, “I know those mistakes are costly. It’s not what I’m trying to do, of course. Moving forward, I have to dial those out, that’s for sure, it’s essential.”
Further expressing how the demanding nature of the track contributed to his rookie errors, he acknowledged, “This track is tight, narrow. There was barely one car width on a dry line, and all it takes is to be a millimetre offline and there’s no saving it.”
Sargeant admitted that the unexpected competitiveness of the car on a track not favoured in theory remained a mystery to Williams. He said, “We didn’t expect this to be a great one for us, but I think it’s important to understand why. So that’s something we’ll dig into.”
Expressing mixed feelings over his performance, he stated, “Just mixed emotions, definitely bittersweet. We have to figure out if it was just a tiny mistake that was unavoidable or a mindset thing. Our long run pace was great yesterday. And hopefully, we can rebuild the car and utilize that with the good long run pace we had and try to score some points. That’s the goal.”
Noting that there are ups and downs, he concluded, “You’ve got to take them as they come, roll with the punches.”