Logan Sargeant exclusive: I now have everything I need for F1 success

Despite a difficult start to his F1 career and internal and external noise over his future at Williams, Logan Sargeant told Total-Motorsport.com he believes he's set up to achieve success in the sport

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Even by the standards of a driver fighting for his Formula 1 future, Logan Sargeant has had some tough breaks in 2024.

The constant external noise questioning if and by whom he’ll be replaced is part of the package, alongside the confirmation of Williams and James Vowles sounding out the availability of rival drivers.

But running last season’s rear wing plus an old floor at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix was perhaps less standard, not to mention missing out on an entire race thanks to his teammate’s crash in Australia.

So it’s that much more impressive that Sargeant showed such a clear sense of perspective when speaking to Total-Motorsport.com ahead of that Monaco weekend:

“There’s always pressure, right? At the end of the day that’s the world we live in. But you know, it’s sporting pressure, there’s a lot more difficult things in life than driving a race car.

“I just feel privileged to be able to do this every weekend, I come into every weekend doing everything I can to perform and do the best I can for my team. I think about what can I do better throughout an entire weekend and my mind is occupied with trying to extract performance.”

Sargeant: Miami underlined my potential

Logan Sargeant at 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix | Williams Racing

It’s no secret that Williams promoted Sargeant to F1 a year ahead of schedule as Nicholas Latifi finally ran out of time in the year the American produced the best rookie season on the F2 grid.

The sport’s relentless calendar meant the 2023/24 offseason was the first chance Sargeant had to make significant changes ahead of his sophomore campaign, now with the added luxury of having F1 experience at 23 of the 24 tracks.

He qualified ahead of Alex Albon in Miami sprint qualifying and was just 0.035 seconds away from beating Fernando Alonso to reach Q2 for the grand prix, and Sargeant feels that’s evidence of an imminent breakthrough:

“I think I have everything I need in my bag now, I just need to deliver on that when it comes to qualifying. I think I’m extremely close and I look at Miami and the lap was extremely good apart from one corner which cost me the difference.

“It was a very similar story in Imola, there was a couple of corners that I just left a little bit too much margin on the table and unfortunately wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be so it’s just about taking that one corner that has been holding me back at each track and making sure there’s none of those and just put it together when it all matters.”

Sargeant: I was ready to move on

Logan Sargeant of Williams on track in Bahrain | Williams F1 Team

That hasty promotion was cited often and from all quarters in 2023 as Sargeant only scored his first F1 points in the 18th round of the season, at the Circuit of the Americas, and was on the receiving end of a qualifying whitewash by Albon.

With Sargeant‘s rumoured replacement at Williams still in his rookie F2 season right now having completed markedly less racing across the rest of his junior career, and not even old enough to compete in F1 yet, it’s an interesting detail to remember.

However, of the 28 other drivers who competed in F2 in 2022, Liam Lawson is the only one to have entered a grand prix and even after such a mightily impressive cameo, the Kiwi’s prospects of securing a full-time drive remain unclear.

Meanwhile, that year’s champion Felipe Drugovich remains on the sidelines alongside 2023 winner Theo Pourchaire – with none of last season’s F2 grid joining Sargeant in F1. So does he regret the premature move? Sargeant is unequivocal:

“No it’s not a factor, I’ve never thought about it. When I look back I feel like I was ready to move on and I still stand by that so I’m just focused on the moment, nothing from the past like that really crosses my mind.”

And it’s a similar reply when we ask if he’s taking any lessons from dealing with the pressure of racing for his F1 drive at the end of 2022:

“Not necessarily because the goal doesn’t change, at the end of the day my goal is to show up to every weekend and perform at my maximum and to give the team the best result we can as a whole.

“And if I do that job well then I’m doing what I need to do so that’s really the only focus I have and I want to do my best for the team.”

After solid but unspectacular weekends at Imola and Monaco, the true evaluation will be when Sargeant‘s FW46 receives the same upgrades as Albon‘s as they approach the European leg of the calendar where the American has the most experience.

But with Miami hinting at that turnaround and Williams improving every day, there’s never been a better moment for a fully-equipped Sargeant to show the F1 world what he can do.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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