Williams REVEAL when their decision regarding Logan Sargeant’s F1 future will be finalized

Williams say Logan Sargeant has the rest of the 2023 season to prove himself worthy of the 2024 drive.


Williams REVEAL when their decision regarding Logan Sargeant’s F1 future will be finalized

Logan Sargeant (via Planet F1)

Logan Sargeant graduated from Formula 2 to Formula 1 at the start of the 2023 F1 season. Despite being America’s only hope in the current grid, he has visibly struggled in his new role as the Williams driver. And as Sargeant does not have a contract that continues after 2023, he knows that he has to get some good results for the World Championship. Despite that, Sargeant is yet to score a point for Williams as the pressure has doubled for the rookie to secure a drive in 2024. Williams Boss James Vowles has thus commented on the 22-year-old’s debut season and his possible contract renewal.

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Williams is yet to announce their second driver for next season while Alex Albon is set to retain his seat. Before the Qatar Grand Prix, Vowles was questioned about the timing of a verdict regarding Sargeant. James Vowles just revealed when they should confirm whether their decision regarding Logan Sargeant would come during the current season or after. He clearly said [as reported by Planet F1], “No, I suspect it will be to the end of the season”.  Thus, Sargeant has until the end of the season to prove himself worthy of the 2024 drive.

Vowles added, “I think we’ve already committed in the direction of travel we’re in, he has targets to that and it would be wrong to go against that decision point. So end of the year.” This comment suggests that Sargeant still has time to meet his targets at Williams. The American’s next chance to prove himself will be on home soil, at the Circuit of The Americas for the US GP.

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Logan Sargeant had to visit the medics after his Qatar GP heatstroke

Many drivers suffered from severe dehydration and heatstroke during the Qatar GP. The night race in the desert has been described as the most physically demanding one in recent times. Sargeant reported on the radio that he was experiencing trouble due to the acute heat at the Losail track. Williams communicated to the American rookie that he could retire the car whenever he felt like it.

Logan Sargeant at Qatar GP (via Williams.com)
Logan Sargeant at Qatar GP (via Williams.com)

Sargeant was initially keen to push through, but after consulting with his team again, he opted to retire on lap 42. Williams later released a statement to talk about Logan’s retirement. The statement read, “Following Logan’s retirement from the Grand Prix, he has been assessed and cleared by the medical team on-site after suffering from intense dehydration during the race weakened by having flu-like symptoms earlier in the week.”

Many drivers including George Russell, Lando Norris, and Alex Albon, appeared to struggle through the race as they were trying to open their helmet visor to let some air in. Lance Stroll nearly fainted while getting out of the car while Esteban Ocon reported being sick during the race.

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