American driver Logan Sargeant‘s participation in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix‘s sprint race was cut short due to a significant car damage sustained during the sprint shootout qualifying session. Sargeant crashed heavily on the exit of Turn 15 at the end of Q1, causing significant damage to the right-hand side of his Williams car. Despite being classified 15th in the sprint shootout session, Sargeant withdrew his car from the sprint race after the team faced a monumental repair job that couldn’t be fixed before the race’s scheduled start.
According to reports, the 22-year-old misjudged his entry speed to the corner and was distracted by the two Ferraris making their way out of his way ahead of him. “The Ferraris were in the middle of the road!” Sargeant stated over the team radio. However, one of the Ferraris was on the inside of the apex kerb at Turn 15, and the other had pulled off the racing line on the corner’s exit to allow Sargeant to pass.
As only the top eight drivers score points in the sprint race, it didn’t appear likely that Sargeant would have had a chance to earn points had he raced. The sprint race’s result no longer impacted the grid for Sunday’s grand prix, making it unnecessary for Sargeant to participate in a car that would require colossal repairs.
Despite the setback, Sargeant’s absence from the sprint race won’t affect his participation in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday. Sargeant qualified 14th on the grid and will participate in Sunday’s race when more points are at stake.
Sargeant’s withdrawal from the sprint race allowed the five cars that qualified immediately behind him to move up a spot on the starting grid. Additionally, Esteban Ocon, who qualified 13th, will start both races from the pit lane due to a breach of parc ferme regulations.