Logan Sargeant explains the biggest lessons learned from underwhelming rookie season

Logan Sargeant revealed the most important thing he learned from a below-par 2023 rookie season.


Logan Sargeant explains the biggest lessons learned from underwhelming rookie season

Logan Sargeant (via IMAGO)

Logan Sargeant is the first American driver in Formula One in years, at a time when the sport’s presence in the US is more than ever. With three home Grands Prix, Sargeant’s rookie season was predicted to be promising after the Williams Academy driver managed good results in the 2022 F2 Championship.

However, Sargeant’s F2 momentum did not continue into the pinnacle of motorsport, as he scored no points all year except at his home race in the United States GP. Finishing 21st in the championship on a 20-driver grid, the 22-year-old had a disappointing rookie season. 

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With his seat still unconfirmed, Sargeant said that the biggest takeaway for him from his first-ever F1 season was the consistent effort required to be put in regularly to perform at such a high level, unlike the more lenient junior formulas until F2.

I think the biggest thing for me is appreciating the level of effort that needs to go into it to be able to perform at such a level every single day. You can get away with [it] on a semi-average day in junior formulas, you’re still right at the front, whereas here, that’s not the case.
Logan Sargeant said, as reported by formula1.com

Sargeant was third out of the four rookies in F1 for 2023, with Oscar Piastri emerging on top. The second, Liam Lawson finished ahead of Sargeant, though the Kiwi driver drove only a handful of races in the season. Behind Sargeant was the Dutchman with the short-lived F1 career, Nyck De Vries, who scored no points in his 11-race stint.

Williams collecting data from 2023 season to decide Logan Sargeant’s F1 future

Logan Sargeant did not impress in his rookie season, with an unimpressive head-to-head against teammate Alexander Albon. Sargeant became one of the only drivers to be out-qualified at every single race in the season by their teammate and scored only one point compared to Albon’s 27.

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Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant at Zandvoort via IMAGO
Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant at Zandvoort via IMAGO

The Williams seat for 2024 is the last available spot on the F1 grid, and Sargeant’s main competitors for the seat have pulled out of the competition. Felipe Drugovich has stayed on as reserve driver for Aston Martin, while Liam Lawson is doing the same for Red Bull. However, Williams Team Principal James Vowles feels that a review of the season was necessary to confirm the seat.

I just want to check through a full season of data one more time and look at the progress, look at mistakes, look the outliers, look for growth and just make sure we're on the right track
James Vowles said, as reported by motorsport.com

The only main alternatives to Sargeant for the 2024 seat now are Mick Schumacher, 2023 F2 Champ Theo Pourchaire, and F2 runner-up Frederick Vesti. Vowels already expressed his dissatisfaction with Schumacher’s simulator data, narrowing down the options.

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