Logan Sargeant’s first points finish in Formula 1 came at the Circuit of the Americas, and it could just be the start for him.
However, the American driver’s first career points finish in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas this past weekend could just be the start of his turnaround.
The 22-year-old’s first season has been filled with several mistakes, crashes, and disappointing performances. Sargeant did well in Austin as he initially finished P12, but he was promoted to P10 upon post-race disqualifications of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, making him the first American driver to score a point since Michael Andretti in 1993.
As things stand, Logan Sargeant will likely stay with Williams for the 2024 Formula 1 season.
Despite his tough season, the team continue to stand by him and have the desire to help him progress. Team principal James Vowles has been especially vocal — and confident — about Sargeant’s future with the team and his progression.
Considering the current state of the driver market and the improvement of their car, Williams would be making a low risk, high reward by retaining Sargeant for 2024. This result could be exactly what he needs to get his career going in the right direction.
Confidence has been an issue for the rookie, as he has never really gotten into his groove, but his P10 finish could kickstart that. We could see fewer mistakes and crashes going forward.
Since this assessment is based on just one race, his progress to close out the season should still be closely monitored to judge whether or not he is truly trending upwards, especially since that one result was affected by two post-race disqualifications.
But a full offseason before 2024 will definitely be of aid to Sargeant as well. Assuming he does return to Williams, there will be more at stake for him next year, as it will truly make or break his career. Additionally, more will be expected from him as the Grove-based team hope to be in the battle for P6 in the constructor championship.
This, of course, is all cautious optimism, since Logan Sargeant has still performed poorly more often than not, but if Williams are standing by him, then there is indeed reason to be optimistic. While the 22-year-old’s contract is not set in stone for next season, progress is being made. A turnaround year can definitely help keep him in the sport for years to come.