Sargeant predicts tough last chance to prove himself for 2024 Williams seat

Logan Sargeant failed to set a qualifying time at the Yas Marina Circuit and will start the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP in last place

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Logan Sargeant admitted it’ll be tough to produce a strong result at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he’ll start 20th at the Yas Marina Circuit, having failed to set a time in qualifying.

Sargeant suffered two lap time deletions for track limits violations, not for the first time this season, as he remains the only driver on the current F1 grid without their seat confirmed for 2024.

Teammate Alex Albon could only manage 14th as WilliamsLas Vegas GP pace deserted them a week later, they sit seven points ahead of AlphaTauri in the constructor’s championship will feel the apprehension building after Yuki Tsunoda qualified sixth

“Tomorrow is going to be tough now from the back of the grid, but I’ll just move on and do my best,” Sargeant told the media. “We easily had the pace to go to Q2, that’s for sure.

“It’s felt comfortable from lap one on Friday, I feel like I’ve had everything I needed and just to let it slip away for millimetres is really, really frustrating, it’s an annoying way to end the last qualifying of the season.

“But we’ll move on and hopefully try and make up for tomorrow, the car felt like we were in a good place yesterday on high fuel and quite consistent reasonable degradation. [There’s] not much data to see the pace of the other cars because of the disrupted session, but we’ll give it our best shot, we’ll go for it.”

Sargeant accepts blame for errors

Williams’ James Vowles and Logan Sargeant in conversation at the 2023 Bahrain GP | Williams F1 Team

Sargeant has picked up his form recently after struggling for most of 2023, and he scored his first F1 points at the United States GP and qualified a stunning sixth in Las Vegas.

Williams team principal James Vowles has consistently backed his young charge who was promoted ahead of schedule after just one season in F2, but Williams are yet to extend Sargeant‘s contract.

And Sargeant could be feeling the pressure more than ever in Abu Dhabi, where Aston Martin stand-in Felipe Drugovich was second in FP1 and Mercedes junior Frederik Vesti produced a scintillating F2 sprint race victory.

“It’s my mistake twice and the end of the day, Sargeant added. “We can’t see the white line, we don’t really have any feeling on exit so it just forces us to kind of underdrive.

“It’s hard to do on a qualifying lap because of course you’re trying to push the limit but it’s still my mistake, I have to take that on the chin.

“I knew I was on the edge, I didn’t know if I was off or not – I thought there was a chance I was still touching it but not much more to say, it’s just disappointing. I feel like I’ve been driving well again this weekend and literally nothing to show for it after qualifying.”

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