Logan Sargeant issued warning after disastrous start

Williams have warned Logan Sargeant to improve or face being replaced amid a series of disappointing performances on track.

Logan Sargeant has had an tough start to the 2023 season, his first in Formula 1, as he remains pointless after five races.

While Sargeant wasn’t expected to be fighting for podiums in the Williams, the team would have hoped he could be on the same level as his teammate Alex Albon.

While Albon secured the sole point for Williams in Bahrain, finishing in P10, Sargeant hasn’t come close, consistently finishing in the bottom five positions on the grid.

 Williams team principal James Vowles has now intervened, demanding that the American step up or risk losing his seat at the end of the season.

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“Logan’s here because he’s quick, and he is quick, he can deliver,” Vowles told Motorsport.com. 

“But he has to start by just getting things controlled, delivering cleanly.

“In both qualifying sessions in Baku he made it to Q2. That’s the consistency, and that’s what we’re looking for.

“What I’ve already explained to him is ‘you’re quick enough’. And then, ‘use Q2 to build your experience by almost double from what you’re doing at the moment’.

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“And that’s what you’ll start seeing him deliver on. You’ll see that he’ll slowly edge up.

“I’m not expecting him to be on Alex’s pace. Also, he’s had a string of races he’s never even been to before.

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“But even [in Miami], disappointed as he was, there was just three-tenths between him and Alex [in Q1]. It just so happened that was seven cars. But three-tenths, that’s how close it’s getting now.”

While Vowles was supportive of Sargeant’s Miami performance, accepting that it wasn’t the rookie’s fault, having made contract with Nyck de Vries.

The team principal wants the rookie to use the “invaluable” opportunity he has to get on form and bag crucial points for Williams.