Sargeant rues missed chance after first Q3 appearance ends in crash

The American driver was just two minutes into his debut Q3 appearance in F1 when he crashed into the barrier


Logan Sargeant says he will still take positives away from his first ever Q3 appearance in F1 despite crashing out of the top 10 shootout and bringing out the red flags.

Sargeant span and crashed into the barriers at Turn 2 in Zandvoort just a few minutes into the session, with his Williams suffering heavy damage after the incident.

The qualifying marked a milestone for the British team as they had two drivers in Q3 for the first time since 2017, but the session quickly turned on them as Sargeant lost grip on the drying track as he edged onto the wet part of the surface.

Despite that, the American driver said he was still able to take a lot away from the session, while ruing a missed chance to challenge with teammate Alex Albon towards the front of the grid.

“Yeah, it’s just…fine margins and those conditions. Last thing I ever want to do is leave the team with a boatload of damage. But you know, I’m doing my best to deliver good results,” Sargeant told media including after the session

“I think there’s been so many positives this weekend yesterday in the dry feel like I was really pretty much right there. I think long run pace was really good. We’ve had the car and a great window.

“Even in Q1, Q2, I missed a little bit of hasty in the wet, but I think the biggest positive for me is delivering labs when I needed to.

“And that’s something I’ve lacked this year and to be able to do that has been, you know, really nice today. But, yeah, it’s all just shattered by a millimeter mistake.”

Fewer mistakes

Sargeant has had a mixed rookie season in F1 with Williams, and while the American has shown promise, there have also been a number of crashes and mistakes which has opened speculation about his seat for next season.

And after another disappointing end to the day in the Netherlands, he said he is determined to eradicate those errors from his performances.

“Honestly, every time I stepped foot in the car, every time I get belted in, I do the best I possibly can,” added Sargeant.

“And we’ve had probably the most difficult European leg I can think of in forever with mixed conditions. And that doesn’t make my life any easier. But it’s it’s also no excuse.

“I do the best I can every time I get in I I personally see the progress. 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.”

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