Logan Sargeant admits he and Williams ‘were not fast enough’ after coming close to scoring at Sao Paulo GP

Logan Sargeant admits he and Williams ‘were not fast enough’ after coming close to scoring at Sao Paulo GP

Logan Sargeant admitted he and Williams “were not fast enough” in Brazil, as the American rookie came close to scoring his second Formula 1 World Championship point.

In what has been an up-and-down first season in the sport, Sargent was delighted when he secured his first point in Austin after Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were disqualified after the race. But his efforts in Sao Paulo almost earned him another result, which would also have boosted Williams’ mood on the day when team-mate Alex Albon crashed early in the race.

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Sargeant started the Grand Prix in P19 on the medium tyre, but the red flag following the aforementioned incident allowed him the opportunity to switch directly to the preferred soft tyre. From there he climbed through the field to finish eleventh behind Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

“I wanted to capitalize on the race and put in a good performance after a good number of cars went out in the first turn,” Sargent said after the race. “We lacked speed to be honest.

“Obviously I don’t have a reference for Alex unfortunately, but we struggled a lot with the back overheating, the back deteriorating, and we weren’t quick enough.”

São Paulo, Brazil - November 05: Logan Sargeant from the USA driving (2) Williams FW45

Sargeant was just one point away from scoring when he crossed the line in 11th place at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Despite not being able to score in the Grand Prix – with AlphaTauri managing to take a further two points from Williams’ margin over them in the constructors’ standings – there are still plenty of positives for Sargent to take away with another clean and strong weekend under his belt. belt.

“Yes, it is,” the rookie admitted when asked if his day would give him more confidence. “I think this weekend, especially with the low fuel, I got the speed I needed.

“So, yeah, try to get on with it, get good results in Vegas – which is another home race for me, so I’m excited about that – and go from there.”

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With the Las Vegas Grand Prix looming, Sargeant and the rest of the Williams team will want to perform well – partly so they can consolidate their place in seventh in the constructors’ standings.

Yuki Tsunoda’s performances in both the sprint races and the Grand Prix in Brazil earned AlphaTauri a welcome five points over the weekend – although the Japanese racer still believes he could have got more – and the Faenza-based team is now trailing With only one place and seven points. Williams.

São Paulo, Brazil - November 04: Logan Sargent from the USA driving (2) Williams FW45

It was a disappointing weekend in Brazil for Williams as AlphaTauri closed the points gap
“The AlphaTauri team was able to take an additional two points off our lead over them in the championship,” said Dave Robson, head of car performance at Williams, after the grand prix.

“Although this is worrying, we were lucky that they couldn’t score more points today because their speed was too strong.

“We now have a short break before we go to Las Vegas for the first part of the double final. We still have a lead over our direct rivals and have plenty of opportunities to defend that until the end of the season.”

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