Q&A with Williams junior Logan Sargeant RaceFans

With a lot speak in regards to the potential arrival of Andretti into Components 1 and a attainable transfer for Colton Herta, it is easy to neglect that there’s a Williams-backed American driver racing only one tier under Components 1 in 2022.

Logan Sargeant is racing his first season in Components 2 with Carlin in 2022 – his first 12 months whereas a member of the Williams’ junior driver programme. In a small session with a handful of media, RaceFans caught up with the 21-year-old in Miami to discovered how he is discovering life in Components 2.

How does it really feel being the present closest American driver to succeed in Components 1?

Sargeant: I do not thoughts if I am the primary or second or no matter – so long as I make it there, that is all that issues. Clearly being in Components 2 now, the trail is there, it simply comes all the way down to efficiency. I really feel like Carlin’s doing a very good job to provide my a quick automotive in the meanwhile so in the meanwhile so we are able to reap the benefits of that.

What’s been the most important problem of transitioning from F3 to F2 this season?

Sargeant got here inside 4 factors of successful the 2020 F3 title

Sargeant: The most important problem switching between the 2 sequence is, one, wrapping your head across the weight of the automotive – it requires a barely completely different driving type. After which the extraordinarily chaotic races. So long as you’ve got good tempo, preserve your nostril clear, an excellent pit cease, try to be proper there to struggle on the finish.

How surreal is it going from having your F2 future unsure to being on this place in lower than a 12 months?

Sargeant: It is fairly loopy to even give it some thought from my aspect. On the finish of 2020 it appeared very, very down. We did not actually have many choices. The finances wasn’t there to go to Components 2 and Charouz got here with a very good provide to race in F3 once more.

However even nonetheless, I practically did not settle for that I practically moved on to a unique class. However trying again at it, I am very glad I took that that each proper and set me up for the place we’re at now.

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It is stated that any American wanting to succeed in F1 has to completely decide to coming to Europe and life that life – do you agree with that?

F2 promotion appeared unlikely after single win in 2021

Sargeant: I do. I imply, I feel coming by Components 3, Components 2, we’re utilizing Pirelli tires, we’re already getting effectively acquainted with all of the circuits in F1, the way in which the tires react, we’re simply form of being constructed as much as the head of motorsport. So I feel I’ve made the adjustment and I really feel like that was the best determination and I really feel like I put myself in one of the best place attainable to get to Components 1.

How did you find yourself following the trail to Components 1 and never, say, NASCAR?

Sargeant: I obtained requested that the opposite day truly. I simply felt like Components 1 is clearly at all times in your thoughts however you simply take every step at a time. And I really feel prefer it simply form of led up to now. I do not suppose there’s an actual reply to it.

As a Florida native, the place did you first begin driving?

Sargeant: My first racing expertise was between Homestead, the karting observe down there and in addition PBIR [Palm Beach International Raceway] which now not exists, which is form of unhappy to see.

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At what level did you suppose racing would turn out to be a profession for you?

Sargeant: I can solely converse from how I keep in mind it, however the way in which I keep in mind we have been simply having enjoyable and we simply needed to maintain racing. I do not suppose we have been actually too nervous in regards to the future once we have been at that age.

It simply retains stacking up and as you retain going into different sequence and the competitors grows, it simply all types of falls in line.

How is your marketing campaign in F2 shaping up after three rounds?

He began the 2022 season with sixth in Bahrain

Sargeant: I feel we’re proper on the on the cusp of a giant consequence. I really feel like Carlin’s been giving us a very fast automotive. So we have to reap the benefits of that. Whenever you minimize out these minor errors that we have had within the first three rounds and one characteristic race win, you are again within the hunt.

Components 2 does not have a US flyaway spherical this 12 months however would you wish to see one sooner or later?

Sargeant: Right here or Austin, that’d be superior. I would like to see an American race on the F2 calendar.

Have you ever ever felt it is tougher for you, coming into FIA sequence from the American junior ladder?

Sargeant: I really feel like all of the groups I have been with all through my junior profession have at all times had my again they usually’ve at all times believed in me. They’ve at all times given all the things to for me to have an excellent probability of successful. I really feel like I’ve had it fairly effectively.

Transferring to Europe is a giant dedication, for a younger driver. How did you discover it?

Sargeant: That is by far the toughest half, leaving all the things behind. Now I do not stay with my household and all my buddies that I grew up with. That is positively probably the most difficult half.

What made you select to maneuver, moderately than attempt to get in an Indy Lights and IndyCar programme?

Logan Sargeant, Williams, Yas Marina, 2021
Williams gave Sargeant an F1 take a look at final 12 months

Sargeant: It is simply a type of that – you realize you may at all times come again to America, whereas I really feel prefer it’s a lot tougher to go from America to there. So it is only a sacrifice at this level. However on the finish of the day, it is one of the best probability to make F1. And if not you may at all times come again.

What’s life like within the UK in comparison with Florida?

Sargeant: I am just about within the coronary heart of London. On a each day foundation I usually cope with the rain and chilly. I simply try to keep as lively as I can within the health club, I attempt to get to each Carlin and Williams to be on the sim as a lot as attainable, simply to maintain my thoughts going. I attempt to attempt to fill the time so I do not get bored. That is the most important bit.

I truly simply obtained I simply obtained my first automotive over there not too long ago, which has made issues lots higher. Simpler, as a result of now I can simply drive myself to the health club, get myself to Williams, Carlin. It is positively – you are feeling like you’ve got a little bit of freedom.

I miss the water from Florida and the seashores and the good climate, but it surely positively has its perks. I really feel like there’s so many wonderful eating places, the town is clearly lovely.

“Components 1 is clearly at all times in your thoughts however you simply take every step at a time”

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