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Logan Sargeant

Sargeant in Suzuka crash admission: 'I keep crossing the line'

Logan Sargeant’s qualifying in Japan ended in disappointment following a crash during Q1.

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Logan Sargeant says he keeps “crossing the line” after ending his qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix in the barrier.

The Williams driver hit the wall at the final corner of the Suzuka Circuit in Q1, ensuring he will start the race from the back of the grid.

The crash marked the latest in a string of incidents for Sargeant.

Last time out in Singapore, Sargeant hit the wall during the wall, while at the Dutch Grand Prix late last month he had offs in qualifying and the race (the latter of which was due to a hydraulic failure).

Sargeant’s Suzuka crash raised further questions over his future in F1, with his Williams seat the last one to be confirmed for next year.

His run of incidents also puts Williams under pressure regarding the cost cap, with all teams forced to operate within a seasonal budget of $135 million.

Sargeant explains crash

"It’s never ideal," Sargeant said when speaking to media including RacingNews365 after qualifying.

“At the end of the day I'm not trying to put in a wall, so there's not a lot I can say other than I'm doing my best - but I keep crossing the line.

"I’d say the tricky part is just knowing I have the pace but these little mistakes are obviously causing issues. [I’ll] put it behind me and go again.

"It’s been another great day until that point. I think we really turned the car around from yesterday and it was feeling good.

"We’ve had quite a few issues with rear overheating in the last sector and that combined with being too aggressive on power just gave me a big snap.

"Once I touched the grass there wasn't a lot I could do.

"It’s just been tricky with the tailwind combined with the rear overheating and I just wasn't patient enough with it. There’s no reason I should be doing that."

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