Logan Sargeant has shared some preliminary feedback after pulling out of final weekend’s Qatar Grand Prix, with sickness within the build-up to the occasion contributing to his discomfort behind the wheel.
Sargeant despatched a number of radio messages to the Williams pit wall expressing that he felt unwell throughout a very scorching and humid race on the Lusail Worldwide Circuit, finally returning his automotive to the pits after 40 of the 57 scheduled laps.
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Williams subsequently confirmed that Sargeant had been affected by “intense dehydration weakened by having flu-like signs earlier within the week”, with the teen assessed and cleared by the on-site medical staff.
“The primary factor is Alex and I are each okay,” stated Sargeant post-race. “I’ve been feeling unwell all week which didn’t assist with the dehydration on this warmth.
2023 Qatar Grand Prix: Unwell Sargeant compelled to retire from the race
“The very last thing I needed to do was retire the automotive, however I needed to put my well being first. Sorry to the staff for not with the ability to attain the end line. They’ve performed an unbelievable job all weekend in these intense situations.”
With one other dwelling race developing, he added: “I’ll be taking [the] subsequent week to totally recuperate after which bounce again in Austin, which I’m actually trying ahead to.”
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Sargeant’s staff mate, Alex Albon, completed the race in thirteenth place, and he too visited the medical staff for checks because of acute warmth publicity, earlier than being cleared.
“Firstly, I’m glad Logan is okay because it’s by no means straightforward to retire from a race,” Albon commented. “I believe this race goes down as one of many hardest of the 12 months, as I suffered with warmth publicity myself.
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“Our tempo was fairly sturdy, however I must assessment what occurred, as we have been in what felt like a superb place, however we ended up falling out of the factors. We additionally struggled with a little bit of an overheating cockpit, so we’ll additionally must assessment this.”
With Alfa Romeo taking a double prime 10 end from Sunday’s race, Williams’ benefit within the battle for P7 within the constructors’ championship has been diminished to seven factors forward of the ultimate 5 rounds.
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“The hole to our opponents is closing, so it’s a troublesome weekend to stroll away from,” added Albon, who had scored two factors within the Dash. “We’ll assessment the information and see what occurred.”
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