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“A True Team Player”: Sargeant’s Sacrifice for Albon

22/03/2024

Following a crash by Alex Albon in FP1, Williams Racing makes a tough call for the Australian GP. Sargeant’s chassis is given to Albon, highlighting the team’s desperate measures for success.

Following Alex Albon’s accident during FP1 of the Australian Grand Prix, Williams Racing confirms that due to significant damage sustained, they are forced to withdraw the chassis for the remainder of the Grand Prix.

This chassis will be returned to the team’s headquarters in Grove for repairs.

Due to the unavailability of a third chassis, the team confirms it has made the decision for Alex Albon to race for the rest of the weekend in the chassis Logan Sargeant drove during FP1 and FP2.

“We are extremely disappointed that the damage to the chassis requires us to withdraw it for the rest of the weekend. It is unacceptable in today’s Formula 1 to not have a spare chassis, but this reflects our backlog over the winter period and illustrates why we must make significant changes to put ourselves in a better position for the future,” explains Team Principal, James Vowles.

“As a result, we had very difficult decisions to make. Although Logan should not have to suffer from a mistake he did not make, every race counts when the field is tighter than ever.”

“Therefore, we made the decision based on our best potential to score points this weekend. This decision was not taken lightly, and we can’t thank Logan enough for his gracious acceptance, demonstrating his dedication towards the team; he’s a true team player.”

“This will prove to be a challenging weekend for Williams, but soon we will no longer find ourselves in this situation.”

For Logan Sargeant, “this is the most challenging moment I remember in my career and it’s absolutely not easy. However, I am fully here for the team and will continue to contribute in every possible way this weekend to maximize what we can do.”

Alex Albon, clearly the team’s lead driver, thus faces the daunting task of single-handedly taking charge from FP3 tomorrow.

“I have to be totally honest and say that no driver would want to give up their car for another. I would never want such a thing to happen. Logan has always been a consummate professional and a team player from day one, but it’s not an easy thing for him to accept. But at this point, I cannot dwell on the situation, and my only job now is to maximize our potential this weekend and work with the entire team to ensure we are doing the best job possible.”

Williams’ Bold Move: Sargeant Out, Albon In. Williams’ Bold Move: Sargeant Out, Albon In

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