Williams sacrifice Logan Sargeant so Alex Albon can drive his car after crash

Williams confirm Alex Albon will drive their one remaining F1 car after losing a damaged chassis in a practice crash.

(L to R): Alexander Albon (THA) Williams Racing with team mate Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams Racing. Formula 1 World
(L to R): Alexander Albon (THA) Williams Racing with team mate Logan…

Williams have confirmed they have withdrawn Logan Sargeant from the rest of the F1 Australian Grand Prix weekend, with Alex Albon taking over in his car.

Albon’s heavy shunt in first practice left his chassis damaged beyond repair, and with Williams having no spare tub in Melbourne, the team are now down to just one car for the remainder of the weekend.

Williams confirmed on Friday that they have taken the decision for Albon to complete the weekend, using the chassis that Sargeant drove in both FP1 and FP2.

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

“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.

“This decision was not made lightly, and we cannot thank Logan enough for his graceful acceptance, demonstrating his dedication to the team; he is a true team player. This will prove a tough weekend for Williams, and this situation is not one that we will put ourselves in again.”

Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams Racing FW46. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 3, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park,
Logan Sargeant (USA) Williams Racing FW46. Formula 1 World Championship,…

Albon said: "I have to be totally honest and say that no driver would want to give up his seat. 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.

“At this point though, I cannot dwell on the situation and my only job now is to maximise our potential this weekend and work with the whole team to make sure we do the best job possible.”

Meanwhile, Sargeant described the decision as the “hardest moment I can remember in my career”.

"This is the hardest moment I can remember in my career and it's absolutely not easy,” Sargeant added. “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."

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