Status: 23/09/2023, 19:33 p.m.
By: Patrick Mayer
Logan Sargeant is having another accident in Formula 1. At the Japanese GP in Suzuka, Sky expert Ralf Schumacher harshly criticizes the young American.
Suzuka - Will this accident be Logan Sargeant's undoing? The 22-year-old American went off the track in Formula 1 qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka and crashed his Williams car into the track barriers. The most important thing: The young driver was apparently uninjured.
Logan Sargeant: Formula 1 racer wrecks his Williams ahead of the Japanese GP in Suzuka
Nevertheless, Sargeant now has to start from 24th and last place on Sunday (20 September) in Japan. So the prospects for the race are not good. Significantly, in the Formula 1 drivers' standings, the racing driver only shares last place with zero points together with Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri) and Nyck de Vries (AlphaTauri).
His teammate Alex Albon, on the other hand, has already scored 21 points this season. Sargeant is running for a new contract. What does too much pressure mean? Sky expert Ralf Schumacher has now at least sharply criticized the Williams driver after his recent accident. The rookie had already had an accident at the last race in Singapore.
Crashed: Logan Sargeant with his Williams car in Suzuka, Japan. © IMAGO/Mark Sutton
"Sorry, but he's just overwhelmed. That's actually a mistake you shouldn't make in Formula 1," Schumacher said of the scene when Sargeant went off the track during a usual driving manoeuvre. Schumacher had already clearly criticized the Williams driver in the past few days. "He's trying to do it by force, he's a little desperate. But it doesn't work with violence," said the 48-year-old. There's a lot at stake.
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In addition to 24-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Sargeant is the only driver from the current field who has not yet been confirmed by his team for the upcoming Formula 1 season. After the new crash at Suzuka, however, the American was self-critical. "I just wasn't patient enough," he explained, explaining that he was "too aggressive on the power." "We had a few problems with overheating rear tyres in the last sector," Sargeant described.
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"As soon as I touched the grass, I couldn't do anything," he continued, adding, "It's definitely difficult there, but there's no reason why I should do it." Will he show better rider performance in the Japanese GP? (pm)