Williams drivers will have to drive “reasonably” in Japan

In Australia, Williams was only able to field one car on the starting grid due to Alex Albon's accident as the Grove team did not have a spare chassis. Again in Japan: still no third chassis and a risk of history repeating itself.

Published on 03/04/2024 à 11:20

Yannis Duval

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Williams drivers will have to drive “reasonably” in Japan

In Japan, we should see two Williams... if all goes well. ©DPPI

It was a bit like the sensation of the Australian weekend, just before the surprise victory of Carlos Sainz. When Williams made the choice to kindly donate the car Logan sargeant to Alex Albon while the latter had destroyed his car during the first session of Free Practice. “This is the hardest moment of my career”, said the American after learning of this decision. The Grove team had no choice but to leave Sargeant aside because they did not have a third chassis.

A few days before the Japanese Grand Prix, Williams still does not have a replacement chassis. Fortunately, the mechanics managed to repair the car folded by Alex Albon. That said, the two James Wolves drivers no longer have room for error. If one of them makes a mistake, there will be no start for Logan Sargeant. Even if it's his teammate who once again breaks the car, logic would dictate that it's the American who would be sidelined again.

Pilots on the reserve

A new chassis will therefore not arrive in Japan, but " Soon ", assures Wolves. We will have to be a little more patient for Logan Sargeant and Alex Albon before finally having a spare car. This problem, moreover, affects them first since they must adapt their driving accordingly. “I think we will have to be quite reasonable in the way we drive for the next races, the Thai told Sky Sports F1. We have to see when this third car is ready. For now, obviously, I’m going to go back to my repaired car and give Logan his car back.” 

For now, Williams has still not scored any points this season, and if they have to, once again, field only one car on the grid, this missing chassis story will become really problematic.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

03/04/2024 at 12:43 a.m.

“Quite reasonable in the way we drive for the next races” ... since when has an F1 driver used such vocabulary? Worrying about the human and financial resources of Williams Racing! And Andretti Global would bring nothing to the F1 field, says Liberty Media...

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