Vowles explains how Sargeant fighting spirit led to first F1 points and new contract

Logan Sargeant's 10th place at the 2023 United States Grand Prix meant every full-time driver scored points

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Williams boss James Vowles believes Logan Sargeant showed a fighting spirit during the 2023 Formula 1 season which contributed to his first points in the championship and a new contract to stay with the team.

After a string of retirements and underwhelming performances the narrative changed for Sargeant when the disqualifications of Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton at the 2023 United States Grand Prix promoted him from 12th into the points in 10th.

Sargeant‘s improved form in the second half of the season meant Williams awarded him with a new deal for 2024 where he will remain Alex Albon‘s teammate.

“The reason why it [Sargeant’s point] means something to me, the finished position of the race itself wasn’t immediately a point,” said Vowles.

“The point is we never gave up and we continued fighting. And that build up, that point, was a culmination, not for me of one weekend, but of the whole season to that point, and it all coming together really cleanly.”

Williams steadily built itself a reputation as an underdog team in 2023. After years of difficulty for the Grove-based outfit, they had their most successful campaign since 2017, finishing seventh in the Constructors’ Championship.

Although Sargeant didn’t cross the line in Austin in 10th place, Vowles feels his maiden points were completely justified.

“Points don’t come by luck,” concluded Vowles. “They never have. They come through hard work and dedication.”

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