Sargeant gaining confidence after bruising Jeddah weekend

The American managed to rally from a disappointing qualifying to post another respectable performance in Jeddah.

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Logan Sargeant feels he is continuing to gain confidence as a Formula 1 driver after finishing 16th in the Saudi Arabian GP.

After failing to set a representative time in qualifying, Sargeant, who had it all to do, redeemed himself in the race and enjoyed a battle with Haas’s Nico Hulkenberg.

“Today I struggled a bit more than yesterday,” said Sargeant after the race. “The first 30 laps were pretty good, and then I just struggled at the end to keep hold of the tyres.

“Nevertheless, we made it through another one and learned a lot. I definitely feel more confident ahead of the next race. I showed this weekend that on a difficult track, I can be really quick.”

Sargeant feeling more at one with the car

Logan Sargeant of Williams during 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying | Williams F1 Team

After a pair of tricky flyaways, Sargeant has been slowly getting into his stride as an F1 driver, producing two respectable performances and putting pressure on teammate Alex Albon.

Sargeant is also ahead of fellow rookies Oscar Piastri and Nyck De Vries in the drivers’ standings after the other pair suffered a disrupted start to the season.

“Over the past two races, I’ve learned an enormous amount,” said Sargeant.  ” feel like everything is becoming more natural, and I’m trying to get things to become second nature and keep implementing them. 

“It’s not going to happen all at once. It’s more a case of constantly building and understanding better. I can take that going into Melbourne and hopefully replicate [it] and keep improving.”

Robson pleased with Sargeant’s efforts 

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

Sargeant’s efforts haven’t gone noticed by Williams management either, with the team’s head of vehicle performance Dave Robson praising his Jeddah performance.

Logan’s race was compromised by the Safety Car,” explained Robson. “[This] left him with a lengthy stint on the medium tyre and a defensive race against a close group of cars.

“He eventually lost a few places to faster cars but gave a good performance in his 2nd F1 race.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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