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Williams confirm both drivers will compete in Japanese GP

Williams has successfully repaired Alex Albon's chassis which was severely damaged during the Australian Grand Prix.

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Williams has confirmed that both Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant will compete in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, with Albon's destroyed chassis having been successfully repaired.

Albon crashed heavily during first practice at Melbourne's Albert Park Circuit, which resulted in significant damage to the chassis of his FW45.

The damage was so extensive, that his car was unable to take further part in the event, and led to team principal James Vowles having to make the toughest decision arguably of his career.

Vowles decided that Albon would take Sargeant's chassis as the outfit did not have a spare, meaning the American driver was withdrawn from the Grand Prix.

Whilst Williams remain without a spare tub, Albon's broken chassis was quickly delivered back to their base in Grove where it was repaired, before being shipped to Japan. This all happened within a week.

Ahead of this weekend, Albon has thanked the team for their heroic efforts.

“I am really looking forward to Suzuka, one of my favourite tracks, and of course the amazing Japanese fans," Albon.

“Australia was clearly not how we want to go racing as a team, and it did unfortunately highlight the journey that we’re on.

“Despite this, the team trackside and back at Grove has really pulled together in an impressive way to repair the car and deliver it to the track on time, which we are all hugely thankful for."

'Incredible support'

Vowles' decision in Australia was brutal for Sargeant and was described by the American driver as the toughest moment of his motorsport career.

However, he is ready to push forwards and forget about the past in Suzuka.

“I really appreciate the fans for sticking by us with their incredible support at the track and back home," Sargeant said.

“I’m looking to put this challenging moment behind us, learn from it and continue pushing together this season. I’ve taken the opportunity between races to head to Bali to stay sharp both mentally and physically, with plenty of time spent in the gym.

“I’m excited to be heading back to Japan so early in the season. Suzuka is iconic and is one of everyone’s favourite tracks on the calendar. I can’t wait to give it another go.”

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