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F1 2023

Sargeant to miss Azerbaijan GP sprint after Shootout crash

The Williams driver was impressive before hitting the wall at Turn 15 during the inaugural Sprint Shootout.

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Williams driver Logan Sargeant has withdrawn from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix sprint following his crash in the Shootout.

The rookie had impressed in the early stages of SQ1 with a lap time good enough to lap within a tenth of teammate Alex Albon.

But American Sargeant was caught out on his final attempt of the session when following slower-moving Ferraris, sliding wide at Turn 15 and causing extensive damage to the right-hand side and rear of his car when colliding with the barriers on exit.

A tweet from the team read: "After receiving the FW45 back following the shootout, we worked flat-out on the car but there is not enough time to complete the repair.

"Subsequently we have withdrawn Logan from the Sprint. Gutted for Logan who has shown great pace with two Q2 appearances this weekend."

Sargeant was left furious with the positioning of the Ferraris in the aftermath of the incident, suggesting Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were taking up position 'in the middle of the track'.

But nevertheless, the crash will be a dent in his confidence having begun to show a strong level of performance with his first foray into Q2 on Friday.

Sargeant qualified 15th for Sunday's grand prix, though Williams may opt to breach parc fermé conditions to make set-up changes in the wake of his accident.

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