“Of course I want to stay” — Sargeant remains hopeful he can retain Williams F1 drive beyond 2024

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As the Monaco Grand Prix approaches this weekend, Logan Sargeant expressed his belief that he is “extremely” close to reaching the performance level required to maintain his position with Williams into next season.

Team principal James Vowles has come out and said that Sargeant’s future with the team is in the balance because of his performances since the start of 2023.

The organisation has a lot of options when it comes to drivers for 2025, including multiple Grand Prix winners Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz. It seems very likely one of the two will be chosen to replace Sargeant.

The 23-year-old believes he is not far off from achieving what is required of him, although the reality is that his time at Williams will be over come the end of this campaign.

“Of course I want to stay,” Sargeant said. “I believe I can get to the level I need to be at, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

When asked regarding how close he feels, he said “extremely”.

“I think there’s been good moments. I think I’ve seen a huge step forward. It’s just unfortunate we’re in a tough position with the car at the moment, but I think it’s starting to move back in the right direction. We’ll see how we can do this weekend.”

Williams tries to get new parts to teammate Alex Albon as fast as possible, while Sargeant often runs an older specification of car due to the Thai holding a pace advantage.

The Floridian, who Vowles has implied will start the Monaco weekend with a different specification again, admits it’s not easy to prove your worth when your package is an older-spec one.

“I think I have a chance every weekend,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s tough when some upgrades are coming for him. But at the end of the day, the team knows the cross-car differences, so even if you don’t see it on track, it’s still able to be calculated off.

“I haven’t gotten to [the car spec] yet. There’s going to be moving parts through the weekend, so we’ll see where we end up. Honestly, I don’t even know where they’re starting with Alex, but for sure it’ll be important to have no issues on the Friday from me and Alex.

“I would be lying if I said it was ideal [to use a different spec from Friday to Saturday], but at the end of the day, we actually had a very similar Friday here last year, and ultimately we were still in a decent place come Saturday, even with components being changed. So I think we can manage it. We’re able to adapt and figure things out pretty quickly.”