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Logan Sargeant

Sargeant 'forcing' vital F1 aspect

The American driver recorded his best F1 finish with 11th at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix.

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Logan Sargeant has admitted that his 'bread and butter' of Formula 1 Qualifying is still "forced at times" as he enjoys an upturn in form.

The Floridian had endured a tricky spell in his rookie season in the early races, including finishing 20th and last in Miami and Spain, but made a breakthrough at the Austrian Grand Prix, finishing 13th.

Williams boss James Vowles was keen for Sargeant to continue the form heading into last weekend's British GP at Silverstone, with the American duly delivering with 11th on a solid weekend for the team - although he is still yet to score points.

One weakness of Sargeant in the first 10 races has been his Qualifying, with an average position of 17.4 to Alex Albon's 12.1, as he feels he is still not quite executing Saturdays.

"It's becoming more natural, but it's still forced at times," Sargeant told media including RacingNews365 when referring to his Saturday struggles.

"That is never ideal, so I feel like as my driving continues to get better, it's going to come back to me.

"It is not something I'm concerned about because I've done it through my whole career, in my opinion, I've been really good at Qualifying.

"It'll come back to me as I start to drive the car though, it'll just naturally come. I'm working as hard as I possibly can for the team, and they're doing the same for me.

"Everyone's motivated, we're close to points every weekend and Alex is scoring, that brings so much motivation to all the guys working hard behind the scenes.

"As drivers, we'll keep working as hard as we can, push our butts off. And hopefully, we can continue this."

Albon as a yardstick

Since Williams introduced its major upgrade in Canada, Albon has scored 10 points through a seventh in Montreal and eighth in Britain, with Sargeant's performances also improving.

Hailing his teammate, Sargeant added: "It's been amazing, he's been driving phenomenally.

"Even when I do a good lap, there's still a few tenths on the table, and, it's tough at times, but I feel that if you're not pushed outside of your comfort zone, you never grow.

"I feel like he's really been able to help me with that, because I've come in this year, seeing what it takes, and that's showing me how hard I need to work to get to that level.

"Slowly but surely, I'm getting there, that's for sure. So I just need to keep at it."


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