Logan Sargeant left confused by Williams performance in Canada

There were contrasting fortunes for the two Williams drivers in Qualifying for the 2023 Canadian GP


Logan Sargeant has said that the behaviour of his Williams car left him feeling confused, as he suffered another Q1 exit at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix.

Sargeant was 1.4 seconds off the pace of Alex Albon in the other FW45 and starts P18 for the race, although Albon had the benefit of being able to run the upgrades that the team brought to the circuit.

Despite the disappointing result, the rookie revealed that he felt good in the car in FP3 but doesn’t know what happened in qualifying.

“I don’t know, it was weird,” Sargeant said to the media, “FP3 felt really good, I felt like it was in a really good place in the full wet conditions.

“But as the track was drying, I felt that the rear never really came to me on that second set of tyres in particular.

“So yeah, I’m a little bit confused. It felt like lots of rear overheating and the grip never came.

“I felt like I had enough time, I felt good going into qualifying, so I don’t really know what went wrong.”

Logan Sargeant of Williams Racing during the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix | Williams F1 Team

Williams contrast with Albon

On the other side of the Williams garage, Alex Albon took full advantage of the changeable conditions in Qualifying, with a bold decision to fit slick tyres at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as the track was drying.

The move paid off and Albon was able to make it from Q2 into Q3, topping the timesheet on the way, and eventually qualifying in 10th position, though he will start in ninth place after Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari was handed a grid penalty.

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