Logan Sargeant says he is happy with his start to life in F1, but cautioned that he still has much to learn during his rookie season.
Though the American blotted his copybook somewhat after colliding with Nyck de Vries in Australia, Sargeant had finished his first two races, including a respectable run to 12th in the season opener in Bahrain.
Speaking exclusively to RacingNews365 before the Australian Grand Prix, Williams' new driver sounded a positive note concerning the start of his debut F1 campaign.
"So far, it's been really good. Definitely a steep learning curve, but I feel like I've got quite comfortable with the car, I feel like I'm in a good place," said Sargeant.
"I've shown that speed is not an issue, but for sure, there's a lot more things to learn, especially in the race runs, procedures, understanding the way that the balance shifts [from] session [to] session, and just making sure we're on top of that to leave us in the best place possible."
One of three graduates to F1 this year, Sargeant says the added complexity of the cars' steering wheels represents a key step up from junior formulae, and one that he is yet to fully be on top of.
"The difference between F2 and F3 is that we have so many options to be making changes just through our steering wheel, and it's about understanding those and being able to use those to your advantage," said Sargeant.
"And I feel like I'm still learning on that side to make those changes to favour what I need.
"To be honest, I'm ahead of where I expected to be at this point, and I just have to keep building from where I am. But there's still a lot to improve on."
I'm ahead of where I expected to be at this point.
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Williams finished bottom of the Contructors' Championship in 2022, scoring just eight points all year long, and though teammate Alex Albon's tenth place in Bahrain means the Grove outfit are off the mark in 2023, there have been no further points, and the team sits joint-bottom of the standings, along with AlphaTauri.
However, despite competing for a team in the lower reaches of F1, Sargeant said he was happy with the start he had made.
"In terms of pace, I feel quick, and I feel like I'm always in with a chance to do something good come qualifying, and even the race, so that's always a nice feeling to know that the speed is there," said Sargeant.
"Then it comes down to just perfecting the details, and I feel like that's a good place to be."