James Vowles has backed Logan Sargeant because the Williams Staff Principal insists they need the American driver within the automobile subsequent season, whereas admitting that a few of his struggles this 12 months are their fault.
Sargeant made the step up from System 2 to System 1 this 12 months with Williams, however has to date struggled, as he’s the one full-time driver on the grid but to attain a degree – with all of Williams’s 21 factors this 12 months coming from Alex Albon.
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And talking on Williams’s web site following the Japanese GP – the place Sargeant crashed out in qualifying and retired from the race with injury after colliding with Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo – Vowles gave his view on Sargeant’s future.
“Logan has very clear targets of what he has to hit earlier than the tip of the season, and we’re working with him repeatedly,” Vowles stated. “And that’s the necessary level, we’re working with him. We wish him to succeed, and we would like him within the automobile subsequent 12 months.
“That is very a lot on us as effectively. We now have taken somebody straight from System 2, with none vital testing, put him a day and half in Bahrain on this automobile, after which wished them effectively on a season that has been awfully difficult for rookies, full cease.
“There have been some very optimistic indicators to take out. In the beginning, Logan will not be on the identical aerodynamic particular as Alex was. We now have updates which might be on Alex’s automobile that aren’t on Logan’s, because of the quantity of attrition we now have had this 12 months.
“So, usually if you see a efficiency offset it isn’t fairly what it could appear on the timing pages. Moreover, to that, if you happen to have a look at the case of Suzuka, he did a construct up throughout the weekend, as he went into FP3, he did a time that matched Alex.”
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Vowles continued: “And as we go into qualifying, till the accident he was overlaying, line-on-line, inside a tenth of Alex’s efficiency at one of many trickiest circuits of the season.
“So, the progress is there in sure varieties however very clearly being marred by quite a few different points and accidents have appeared as effectively. We’ll proceed to work with Logan, and put money into Logan, as we would like him to succeed on account of the journey he’s on.
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“He’s on a journey with us as Williams, we now have a younger driver programme that we’ll proceed to put money into. And solely on the level the place all of us come to the conclusion that we now have reached the tip of that highway will we make any choices, however we’re nowhere close to that but.”
Sargeant’s crash in qualifying noticed him begin the race from the pit lane, and with a 10-second penalty, after the stewards believed that Williams had technically constructed a 3rd automobile, with Vowles additionally giving his view on the matter.
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“There was very brief time period to rebuild the automobile between the accident and the race,” stated Vowles. “The automobile has to go successfully beneath covers, and everybody has to go residence. Within the morning, as a group, we made a listing of what work needed to be carried out and everybody got here in early, round about 6am or so.
“We’re conscious of the regulation, and it’s merely a mistake, finally as a result of as a gaggle we have been very eager to verify we hit the timeline required. On account of that there have been merely two objects placed on the automobile that shouldn’t have been placed on the automobile at the moment of day.
“[It] needs to be performed 5 hours earlier than the race, it was a little bit bit early. It’s honest as in as a lot as that regulation is extremely clear in what it says. And that’s on us, not on the mechanics, the mechanics have been merely following protocol.”
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