Williams test ‘everything I expected and more’ – Sargeant

Logan Sargeant was particularly impressed with the stopping power of a Formula 1 car.

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Logan Sargeant thoroughly enjoyed his first outing in a Formula 1 car after finishing 15th in the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Sargeant, who finished seventh in Formula 3 and made his Formula 2 debut in 2021, was pleased with the efforts of the Williams F1 Team.

“[It was] everything I expected and more. The team did a great job preparing me for today and giving me the confidence to go out there, enjoy it and do the best I could,” Sargeant said, as quoted by RaceFans.

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The American scored a win and four podiums in F3 in 2021, and he was pleased with how quickly he acclimatised to the grip and pace of an F1 car.  

“We got through the run plan and I really progressed a lot throughout the test.

“The first couple of runs felt unbelievable with the amount of grip and power the car has, but I got used to it fairly quickly and felt comfortable by the end of the day.”

The 20-year-old revelled in the infamous braking power of a Formula 1 car, and was inevitably surprised by how quickly it is able to stop.

“The brake performance is much better and there’s a lot more downforce. The stopping power was like nothing I’ve felt before,” he said.

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The Williams F1 Team finished ninth in the Constructors’ Championship last season, with George Russell claiming his first podium and points in Formula One, while Nicholas Latifi scored points twice in a massive improvement from last year.

Sargeant is one of nine young drivers being given outings during this week’s post-season test, with the likes of Nick Yelloly, Oscar Piastri and Patricio O’Ward also making appearances. The latter said his neck was “destroyed” but he thoroughly enjoyed his “once in a lifetime” opportunity, in the McLaren.

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