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Logan Sargeant, Williams W45
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Why F1 2023's one-point wonder deserves a second chance

OPINION: It was a mixed campaign in 2023 for Williams rookie Logan Sargeant, who faces a sweat over his future as the team mulls over the data. But the American is the logical choice to fill the final vacant seat on the grid for 2024 and on balance merits another shot to show he can build on his experience

Logan Sargeant had made a bit of a pig's ear out of qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Perhaps it was the hubris talking after his excellent run to sixth on the grid in Formula 1's first trip to Las Vegas in 40 years, or perhaps just clumsiness, but the two Turn 1 track limits violations left him without a time on the board. Thus, he'd start last, a painful outcome as his second deleted time had been good enough to secure a Q2 berth.

Sargeant's Williams seat is the only drive that remains unconfirmed in 2024. For a time, it looked as though he'd be a one-and-done driver in F1, before an upturn in form following a series of post-summer crashes looking like he'd earned his reprisal. Williams had been committed to assessing whether to keep Sargeant once the season was over, creating a palpable degree of pressure to perform.

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