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Why Sargeant retired healthy car in Hungarian GP

The American driver was classified 18th but not running at the end of the race.

Sargeant Hungary
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Williams driver Logan Sargeant has revealed why he retired a healthy car from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The American F1 rookie was battling with Haas' Nico Hulkenberg late into the 70-lap race at the Hungaroring before spinning at the Turns 6 and 7 chicane.

Sargeant then quickly retired from the race - the third time in his rookie season he has not been running at the flag - but he remained classified as he had completed more than 90 per cent of the distance.

"All in all, I was happy with how the race was going," Sargeant told media including RacingNews365.

"We had pretty decent pace today on a track that doesn't suit us and it is pretty promising to be honest.

"[Teammate] Alex [Albon] was knocking on the door of points, and heading to Spa, which should be great track for us, it is appetising and I am excited to get there.

"[The race] ended a bit unfortunately, I was just pushing as hard as I could to overtake Hulkenberg, clipped the sausage kerb, spun and destroyed the tyre, so we decided to stop there.

"It wasn't a bad day and there was nothing wrong with the car."

Albon echoes Sargeant

Albon finished just shy of points in 11th and echoed Sargeant's evaluation of Williams' weekend, adding: "P11 is quite a surprising result.

"It was quite a defensive race, which we like to do, but we got track position and were okay.

"We came to this circuit knowing it would not suit us - I am very surprised.

"On Saturday, we qualified where the pace of the car was (16th), on Sunday we had a great strategy and then we just held off [cars behind].

"Clean air is so important around here and once I had clean air, even though I pitted so early, I had a lot of laps to bed the tyre in very slowly and not push it too hard."

F1 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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