Williams sacrifices Sargeant for Albon for Australian GP

Williams made Logan Sargeant's withdrawal from the Australian Grand Prix official this Friday. Alexander Albon recovers the American's car after his accident during Free Practice 1.

Published on 22/03/2024 à 10:37

Dorian Grangier

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Williams sacrifices Sargeant for Albon for Australian GP

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There will only be 19 cars on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, as there will only be one Williams at the beginning. The Grove team announced this Friday the package of Logan sargeant for the rest of the weekend: the British team expressly asked the American to give up his place to Alexander albon, injured during Free Practice 1.

The chassis of the Thai's single-seater being out of service after this accident, Williams decided to sacrifice Logan Sargeant by transferring his car in Alexander Albon's garage. The team led by James Vowles did not bring a third replacement chassis to Melbourne, which explains this shock decision.

Williams accepts his decision

“We are extremely disappointed that the damage to the chassis has forced us to withdraw it from the weekend, says Williams senior manager. It is unacceptable, in the Formula 1 today, of not having a replacement chassis, but it reflects the delay we fell during the winter period and illustrates why we need to make significant changes to put ourselves in a better position for the future. As a result, we had to make some very difficult decisions this afternoon. »

“Logan shouldn't have to suffer for a mistake he didn't make, but every race counts when the middle of the field is tighter than ever, and so we made the decision based on our best chance of score points this weekend, adds the British leader. This decision was not made lightly, and we cannot thank Logan enough for his gracious acceptance, which demonstrates his dedication to the team; he is a true team player. It's going to be a difficult weekend for Williams and we don't intend to find ourselves in such a situation. »

“The most difficult moment” of Sargeant's career

This is obviously a huge snub for Williams, but also for Logan Sargeant. The American, in difficulty facing his teammate since his debut in F1 last year, confides in “the most difficult moment” of his career by giving up his car to his teammate. “I’m all here for the team and will continue to contribute in any way I can this weekend to maximize what we can do.” »

Alexander Albon, at fault during Free Practice 1 and aware of the difficult situation in which his teammate finds himself, wanted to thank him for his dedication. “I have to be completely honest and say that no driver would want to give up their place. I would never want such a thing to happen. Logan has always been a consummate professional and team player since day one, and it wasn't easy for him to make this decision., underlines the Thai. At this point I can't dwell on the situation and my only job is to maximize our potential this weekend and work with the entire team to ensure we do the best job possible. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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