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Sargeant was "100% sure" F1 dream was dead in 2021

Logan Sargeant says he was “100% sure” that his Formula 1 dream was over in 2021 when funding issues left him finding race seats “just to pass some time.”

Logan Sargeant, Williams

Sargeant will make his F1 debut next month with Williams, graduating off the back of an impressive rookie campaign in Formula 2 where he finished fourth in the championship.

It completes a swift career turnaround for Sargeant, who, after narrowly missing out on the title to fellow F1 2023 rookie Oscar Piastri in the 2020 Formula 3 championship, was unable to make the step up to F2 the following year due to funding issues.

It left Sargeant considering alternative options, such as joining the Road to Indy ladder in the United States, and he even made two appearances in the European Le Mans Series.

He eventually spent 2021 back in F3 with Charouz before linking up with Williams’ academy at the end of the year, paving the way for a move up to F2.

Sargeant admitted during Williams’s car launch on Monday that he thought his chances of reaching F1 were over through this tough period.

“I was 100% sure it was dead at that point, to be honest,” Sargeant conceded.

“At that point, I just thought I was going to be heading towards the LMP or IndyCar route, which at the time I was content with.

Logan Sargeant, Williams FW44

Logan Sargeant, Williams FW44

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“It was just my reality at the time. That's where I felt like were my only two places that I could still turn to.

“The F3 seat was just simply just to pass some time and stay in a car, and help a team move forward and a different position for myself, let's say.

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“The LMP2 races, the GT races, it's just again, a bit of fun, get a bit of experience in endurance and sports car racing.

“To be honest, I feel like it in the end was all extremely beneficial and helped me massively. So I'm glad I did it all.”

Why first Williams FW45 outing will be Sargeant’s ‘saddest day’

Sargeant got a taste of Williams F1 machinery through the back end of last year, featuring in four free practice sessions and the end-of-season test in Abu Dhabi.

He will line up on the grid in Bahrain with limited opportunities in the 2023-spec Williams FW45, given pre-season testing is limited to just three days this year, down from six in 2022.

Sargeant will get a first chance to try out the FW45 in a filming day at Silverstone on Monday, where he will split the 100km of permitted running with team-mate Alex Albon.

But he joked that it would be a bittersweet moment as it meant he would not be able to stay up and watch the Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, which starts at 11:30pm on Sunday.

“It’s probably one of the saddest days! I can’t watch the Super Bowl, are you kidding me?” said Sargeant, who tipped the Chiefs to win the game.

“I can’t count out Patrick Mahomes, he’s so good. I’m going to have to say 27-24 to the Chiefs.”

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