Logan Sargeant has admitted his latest error in Singapore was a “very costly” one, with the need increasing for him to score his first F1 points.
The Williams tally of 21 has been exclusively scored by Alex Albon so far this season, with the American rookie not having registered a top-10 finish so far this year.
While Albon has largely been seen as one of the standout performers of the year, Sargeant’s comparative struggles and the unavailability of seats elsewhere on the grid has led to clamour among drivers to race alongside Albon next year – leading to pressure on the young American to perform.
Logan Sargeant admits ‘small margins, but so costly’ after Singapore crash
Sargeant was responsible for the Safety Car being deployed during Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix when he slid into the barrier at the Turn 13 hairpin, locking a tyre under braking and sliding helplessly into the wall.
He dragged his front wing underneath his floor on the way back to the pits and was able to keep going after a wing change, but was well behind the rest of the field for much of the rest of the race.
With scrutiny turning up on his position at the team as the season reaches its business end, Sargeant said he was pleased with how he responded to his crash, but admitted it was the kind of error that needs to be “cut out” of his driving.
“One mistake was very costly,” Sargeant told Formula1.com after the race.
“I feel like the car was in a good place. Proud of those last two stints, I never gave up, I did everything I could in my power to try and close back in and make something happen.
“I could have used one more Safety Car just to close back in, but it wasn’t a bad race, in terms of pace.
“I think the whole weekend’s been okay, in terms of pace, just need to cut out those small mistakes. You know, it’s such small margins, but so costly.”
Sargeant’s crash came at a time when drivers were looking to get into the pit window in Singapore, with a one-stop race looking certain around the streets of Marina Bay.
But with his tyres wearing, the American thinks his accident came at just the wrong moment, with his pit stop not far away in the race.
“I felt good on that first stint, and I could feel the tyres starting to go away, and I knew we were getting close to boxing,” Sargeant explained.
“So it’s a shame, I just made that mistake probably one or two laps too early and that could have changed our race.
“I felt like we had good pace at that point and, you know, just got to cut those out.
“But still, I’ll take the positives, we’ve been decent this weekend considering the package we’ve had, and we’ll look forward to Suzuka.”
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