Williams makes brutal F1 move that ‘disrespects’ Logan Sargeant and sees US driver facing ‘hardest moment’ of career

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Logan Sargeant’s Formula One career could already be on the line after a brutal move by Williams.

Alex Albon suffered a hard crash during the opening practice for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

Logan Sargeant has been pushed out of his car in a stunning move by Williams after just two races

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Logan Sargeant has been pushed out of his car in a stunning move by Williams after just two racesCredit: AFP

With Williams down to just one usable chassis for the third race of the season, a once prestigous team that has struggled mightily in recent years made the stunning decision on Friday to push the 23-year-old Sargeant out of his car and give it to Albon.

Sargeant and Albon are both stuck at zero points in 2024, while Williams is tied for last in the Constructor Standings and also has zero points entering the Australian GP.

Fans immediately slammed Williams for the controversial move, with many believing that the team has already given up on Sargeant.

“You’re punishing Sargeant for Albon’s error, and he’ll never get better if you take valuable track time away from him,” one fan tweeted.

“The disrespect,” a second fan posted.

“Captain America being set up to fail,” a third fan said.

“What a shame. Hope you get a O this Sunday,” a fourth fan wrote.

Sargeant sounded distraught, saying that Williams’ decision was a difficult one to accept.

Alex Albon stares at his broken Williams car after a hard crash in practice

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Alex Albon stares at his broken Williams car after a hard crash in practiceCredit: Getty
Happier times for Sargeant and Albon before Williams got in the middle of the duo

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Happier times for Sargeant and Albon before Williams got in the middle of the duoCredit: Getty
Team Principal James Vowles is known for reducing everything to an analytical decision

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Team Principal James Vowles is known for reducing everything to an analytical decisionCredit: Getty

“This is the hardest moment I can remember in my career and it’s absolutely not easy,” Sargeant said in a team release. “I am however completely here for the team and will continue to contribute in any way that I can this weekend to maximise what we can do.”

Albon appeared uncomfortable with Williams’ stunning decision, which put the 27-year-old driver born in London in a harsh public spotlight.

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“I have to be totally honest and say that no driver would want to give up his seat,” Albon said. “I would never want anything like this to happen.

“Logan has always been a consummate professional and a team player from day one, and this won’t be an easy one for him to take.”

All eyes zeroed in on Williams team principal James Vowles, who came over from Mercedes and is known for his highly analytical approach to everything relating to racing.

 “We are hugely disappointed that the damage sustained to the chassis has meant we need to withdraw it from the weekend,” Vowles said.

“It’s unacceptable in modern day Formula 1 not to have a spare chassis, but it is a reflection of how behind we were in the winter period and an illustration of why we need to go through significant change in order to get ourselves in a better position for the future.

“As a result, we have had some very difficult decisions to make this afternoon. While Logan should not have to suffer from a mistake that he did not make, every race counts when the midfield is tighter than ever, so we have made the call based on our best potential to score points this weekend.”

Things could get very awkward for Williams now that Sargeant has been humbled in public

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Things could get very awkward for Williams now that Sargeant has been humbled in publicCredit: Getty

Initially hyped as the first American F1 driver in years and a young face who could help Williams financially capitalize on the sport’s ‘Drive to Survive’-fueled success in the United States, Sargeant struggled through his rookie season after moving up from Formula 2.

There were offseason rumors that Sargeant, a Florida native, wouldn’t return for the 2024 campaign.

He addressed a rough rookie season in a January tweet.

“2023 is done and dusted. A difficult year, however easily the year that’s taught me most about myself,” Sargeant posted. “Feeling super refreshed and excited to come back better in 24’. See ya soon.”

After just two races, Sargeant has already lost his seat to a teammate.

As Williams caused its own problems by being down to just one available chassis for a critical race, a team that once was associated with F1 greatness decided to push out a young American driver and let the world know that Sargeant isn’t as valuable to the team as Albon is.

“This is so d*** disrespectful to Logan,” a fan tweeted.


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