The boss of Williams, James Vowles, has quashed speculation about a possible separation between the team and rookie driver, Logan Sargeant. With determined conviction, he stated that the team is “nowhere near” initiating a split with Sargeant and has plans to retain the young talent for the 2024 racing season.
Sargeant’s performance in his maiden season, which has been marred by several costly crashes in recent races, has led to an increase in pressure and scrutiny. The sole spot yet to be confirmed on the 2024 grid is the American’s.
Despite his patchy form, Vowles shifted some responsibility onto the shoulders of the Williams team. He asserted that the team has to share some blame for Sargeant’s inconsistent performance.
“We’re working with him continuously,” Vowles stated, emphasizing their collective goal for Sargeant to hit clear targets by the end of the season. Both Sargeant’s success and his presence in the car next year are priorities for the team. “This is very much on us as well,” declared Vowles.
Sargeant, who transitioned from Formula 2, had only a day and a half of testing in Bahrain before embarking on a challenging season for rookie drivers. Despite the hurdles, Vowles pledged to continue the support, saying, “We will continue to work with Logan and invest in him, as we want him to succeed. He’s on a journey with us as Williams.”
As one of F1‘s smaller teams, Williams has struggled with the reality of the budget cap and limited resources. This, in turn, has made it difficult for the team to simultaneously introduce upgrades to both cars during the season, meaning that Sargeant’s teammate Alex Albon has often been driving the most updated version.
Vowles acknowledged this discrepancy and confirmed it factored into evaluating Sargeant’s performance.
“Logan is not on the same aerodynamic specification as Alex,” he admitted. “We have updates that are on Alex’s car that are not on Logan’s due to the amount of attrition we’ve had this year.”
In a move to further reassure the future with Sargeant, Vowles maintained that they will continue to invest in their young driver programme. Final decisions, he stated, will only be made when “all of us come to the conclusion that we’ve reached the end of that road.”
“But we’re nowhere near that yet,” Vowles concluded.