Logan Sargeant: “I’ve put insane pressure on myself” as F1 rookie

Jaden Diaz
7 Aug, 2023

Logan Sargeant faces the demanding challenge of adapting to Formula 1 as a rookie, with the youngster eager to prove himself on an increasingly competitive field.

The American was highly impressive in his junior career, showing consistent speed in Formula 3 and Formula 2 – eventually earning a full-time drive with Williams.

James Vowles is the forward-thinking leader that Williams needs to progress, particularly given the lack of investment in the team over the past two decades.

Alex Albon has proven something of a revelation since joining the Grove-based team last year, establishing himself as a dependable driver they can build around.

The Thai driver is widely regarded as a top performer in 2023, securing all 11 of his team’s points and pushing the British team to seventh in the standings.

Sargeant is yet to out-qualify his teammate, still several tenths behind his 27-year-old counterpart in terms of pace.

Such tribulations are to be expected in a rookie, but the F1 rookie still puts pressure on himself to deliver results:

“I’ve put an insane amount of pressure on myself. 

“It’s been mentally challenging, with how many things need to be done and not having much time away from it to reset,” he told the media in Belgium.

“It’s just mentally draining rather than being super challenging. It’s slightly different.

“From a pressure standpoint, obviously, I have high self-expectations. I want to drive well. I’ve been frustrated with myself plenty of times this year…

“It’s about cleaning that up, stringing it together better, executing better.”

There is plenty of competition for the remaining F1 seats for 2024, as evidenced by recent rumours linking Alex Palou to a potential Williams drive.

Although it would be premature to celebrate Palou’s chances of joining the British outfit, Sargeant is certainly not guaranteed a place in Formula 1.

The 22-year-old must demonstrate to James Vowles that his long-term potential is worth sacrificing a few years to facilitate and nurture his development.

Author: Jaden Diaz-Ndisang

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