Chasing the Tremendous Licence factors he must race for Williams subsequent season, Logan Sargeant missed out on an additional level in Friday’s observe on the Mexican Grand Prix.
Williams have all however confirmed the American as Nicholas Latifi’s substitute, however his promotion to System 1 depends on him getting the required 40 Tremendous Licence factors.
These are usually not solely earned via race leads to junior collection, but in addition expertise in an F1 automotive.
As such Williams put him within the FW44 within the opening observe in Austin and once more in Mexico, nevertheless, within the latter he missed out on the purpose as he wasn’t in a position to cowl 100km.
“I believe the 2 purple flags didn’t assist,” Sargeant mentioned as per Racer.
“To be sincere I believe we did every part we might – we accomplished a number of laps, we had been working on the market as a lot as we might and it was simply unlucky, I assume.”
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It was a close to miss, although, as he lined 22 laps of the 4.304km circuit which equates to 94.688km.
It was the 21-year-old’s second FP1 outing in succession having additionally put within the laps on the Circuit of The Americas.
“I used to be positively much more snug coming into it,” he mentioned. “All the things slowed down quite a bit, it was quite a bit simpler to construct right into a rhythm, study the observe and begin to construct as much as it.
“I believe all in all it was step ahead and good progress from final weekend.”
So far Sargeant has 28 of the required 40 factors, the motive force on the right track to earn one other one along with his FP1 run in Abu Dhabi and much more when the consequence for the System 2 Championship is determined on the Yas Marina Circuit.
“So if he does 100 kilometres of free observe working, he will get an additional tremendous licence level,” F1 journalist Will Buxton defined to the official F1 web site.
“If he doesn’t get any factors on his driver’s licence, racing driver’s licence, within the remaining spherical in Abu Dhabi in System 2, he additionally will get an additional two factors.
“Which might imply seventh or above is all he wants within the championship.”
Sargeant is at present P3 within the Drivers’ Championship with 135 factors however solely 18 forward of eighth-placed Frederik Vesti.
With a most of 39 out there for the race weekend, something might but occur.
Requested if he’d change the best way he raced so as to prioritise the Tremendous Licence factors over the race consequence, Sargeant replied: “Not essentially.
“I believe going into the final spherical it’s clearly tight going into System 2, however the chips are on the desk and we’re all going to be going for it.
“One to go – I like my possibilities.”
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