American F1 driver, Logan Sargeant has proven himself capable by demonstrating instances of speed throughout his inaugural season. Despite his potential, his performance has been marred by a sequence of errors – incidence of crashes rose at Zandvoort, Singapore, and Suzuka after the summer break.
The increase in errors has led to speculation that Sargeant may be replaced by Williams team ahead of 2024 to curb the expense of repair costs. In response to the damages, Williams team has resorted to utilization of older-spec parts for his FW45 to lessen the burden on the manufacturing of new bodywork.
Williams‘ James Vowles has shown support for Sargeant on a video featured across Williams‘ social media platforms. His preference would be maintaining Sargeant for next season and ensuring his stint with F1 is successful with potential interventions from the team’s academy.
Speaking about Vowles’ public backing, Sargeant stated he was privy to Vowles’ stance before the video was published but expressed astonishment at the open support from his team leader. He quoted, “It’s always nice, I mean, from my side I talk to James every single weekend. I knew that before anything was put on social media. It was just sort of a nice surprise, really.” He emphasised his focus on continuous improvement saying, “I have to just keep working hard, keep my head down and try to be better.”
Commenting on his best weekend in Japan, from the start till the last corner, he said, “I built it up nicely, did everything I needed to, I was just too heavy on the right foot in the last corner and that’s how quickly it can go wrong.” Sargeant is aware of his need to prioritise consistency in his performance rather than chasing marginal gains, even at the cost of potentially leaving some performance capability on the table.
His team-mate, Alex Albon also touted Sargeant’s abilities. Despite not being involved in the decision-making process, the Anglo-Thai racer believes Sargeant deserves more credit for his performance, making allowances for the errors that dotted his first F1 season. Asserting this, he added, “There is a lot of speed and talent within Logan. I think it’s just been a little bit offset with a couple of mistakes that he’s had.” Albon considers time and confidence to be the key elements Sargeant needs to fully display his potential.