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Logan Sargeant

Sargeant confesses to mistake as Albon completes whitewash

The Williams driver admitted that his mistake forced him to start from P20 on the grid.

Sargeant Abu Dhabi
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Logan Sargeant believes a critical mistake led to his last place start for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - and sealing a whitewash for Alex Albon in the team-mate qualifying head-to-head.

The Williams driver set two timed laps during Q1, but had both of them deleted by the stewards due to exceeding track limits at Turn 1.

Sargeant had already pitted to end his run when the times were deleted, and since he had no legal lap time, was forced to apply to the stewards for permission to race, which was granted as usual.

In starting P20 on the grid, Sargeant became the first driver to be whitewashed by a team-mate in qualfiying 22-0 vs Albon, since Albon himself suffered a 17-0 defeat to Max Verstappen in 2020.

Sargeant: It's my mistake twice

"At the end of the day, it's my mistake, twice," Sargeant told media including RacingNews365.

"We can't see the white line, we don't really have any feeling on the exit.

"This just forces us to under-drive [the car] to be honest. It's hard to do on a qualifying lap because you're trying to push the limit. But, it's still my mistake. I have to take that on the chin."

When asked if he thought he was on the limit of the white lines, Sargeant replied: "I knew was on the edge, I didn't know if I was off or not. I thought there was a chance I was still touching it.

"It's just disappointing. I feel like I've been driving well this weekend and have literally nothing to show for it after qualifying.

"The race is going be tough now from the back of the grid, but just need to move on and do my best."

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