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Logan Sargeant

Sargeant keen to 'move on' from tough Japan GP weekend

The Williams driver blamed himself for the crash with Valtteri Bottas in the opening laps of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Sargeant Bottas Crash
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Logan Sargeant wants to "move on" from a hectic Japanese Grand Prix weekend, after getting caught up in a crash with Valtteri Bottas.

The Williams driver was starting from the pit lane and already had a 10-second time penalty, due to an earlier rules infraction by the team following his crash in qualifying, when it started to build the replacement chassis up too early after his heavy qualifying crash on Saturday.

The American racer slowly began to work his way up the field, but collided with Valtteri Bottas at the hairpin, incurring significant damage to his rebuilt FW45.

Sargeant had 'hectic' first lap

"It was a hectic first few laps for sure. From my side, on the instinct I just I locked the second I touched the brakes," Sargeant told F1 TV.

"I'm not sure, but he [Bottas] must not have seen that I was never going to make the corner. But I was surprised he just cut underneath me.

"But it was just locked for a long time from the second I hit the brake [pedal]."

The team elected to retire him along with team-mate Alexander Albon who was caught up in a first lap accident, ending a day of disappointment for Williams.

Sargeant added: "There was not a lot I could really do. Two penalties. Both cars were damaged. Just move on."

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