Williams team principal James Vowles has issued a clear message to rookie driver Logan Sargeant, stating that he must emulate the performance of his teammate Alex Albon if he wants to secure a Formula 1 drive beyond this season.
Vowles emphasized that Williams’ car has shown improvement over the course of the season, making it crucial for Sargeant to deliver results similar to Albon’s or face the risk of being replaced.
Although Sargeant is yet to score his first F1 point, his recent outings have showcased progress, with the American finishing 13th in the Austrian Grand Prix and improving further to 11th in the British Grand Prix.
However, Sargeant’s situation is further complicated by the strong form displayed by his teammate Albon, who secured an eighth-place finish at Silverstone, matching his qualifying position and bringing his total points for the season to 11.
With Mick Schumacher reportedly in contention for a Williams seat in the upcoming season, the pressure is mounting on Sargeant to prove his worth and make a lasting impression in his fledgling F1 career.
Sargeant needs to adapt
During an interview with Fox Sports Mexico, Vowles highlighted the continuous development of the Williams car, citing recent upgrades and the team’s relentless work since the Canadian Grand Prix. Vowles emphasized the importance of finding the right setup for the car, noting that Albon and Sargeant have been experimenting with different approaches.
“We’ve got new upgrades here, the work in the car has been non-stop ever since Canada and you can see it. Alex tried some things, Logan different ones and here we’ve got together what we consider gets the best setup for the car…” said Vowles.
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As the season progresses, Sargeant will need to demonstrate his ability to adapt and deliver strong performances on par with his teammate Albon to secure his future with Williams.
The team principal’s message serves as a clear reminder that consistency and competitive results are paramount for a successful F1 career, particularly in a highly competitive field where opportunities are limited.