Damon Hill: “You’ll never suddenly become Max Verstappen” / Formula 1

Damon Hill: “You’ll never suddenly become Max Verstappen” / Formula 1

Former Williams star Damon Hill (63) talks about today’s Williams driver Logan Sargeant (23): “What happened to the American in Japan should give him and the team something to think about.”

Logan Sargeant continues to struggle in the Premier class. In 2023, in his first year with Williams, he was only awarded the championship mark by edging out Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc in Austin. In 2024 he will be the last in the World Cup without points, with the 14th place in Jeddah as the main score and the highest rate of frequent errors.

What is happening now to the 23-year-old pilot from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) also gives Damon Hill, forty years his senior, something to think about. In the F1 Nation podcast, the 1996 English Formula 1 champion says: “Your options as a driver are limited. There are things you can influence and there are things you cannot influence. You have to focus on everything you can change.”

“As for Logan Sargeant, the crash in Japan in the first practice session should give him and the team something to think about. To me that gave the impression of a driver who is under pressure to create something good out of the hood as quickly as possible.

Advice from the 22 times GP Hill winner: “Now it is very important for Logan not to be afraid but to have a good head. You should stay within your means. You can’t suddenly become Max Verstappen. You have to know your own limits.”

“Logan Sargeant should try to do steady work and ignore everything else. Now it would be wise to take it one step at a time. Training after training, round after round, almost curve after curve; So start small, put things calmly together, reach a good lap time, and build a foundation of trust.

Sargant’s goal in his second year in Formula 1, according to Williams team boss Logan Sargeant: get closer to team leader Alex Albon, reduce the margin of error, score points.

Japan-GP, Suzuka Circuit

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:54:23,566 h
02. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +12.535 seconds
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +20,866
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +26,522
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +29.700
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +44,272
07. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +45,951
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, +47.525
09. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +48,626
10. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Racing Bulls, +1 Round
11. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, +1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 Round
13. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 Lap
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), clean, +1 lap
15. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1 Round
16. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +1 Round
17. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, +1 Round
Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, Elektrik
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Crash
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bull, Crash

World Championship Standings (after 4 out of 24 Grands Prix)

the driver
01. Verstappen 77 points
02. Perez 64
03. Leclerc 59
04. Sainz 55
05. Norris 37
06. Plate 32
07. Russell 24
08. Alonso 24
09. Hamilton 10
10. Walk 7
11. Tsunoda 7
12. Oliver Bearman (GB) 6
13. Hulkenberg 3
14. Magnussen 1
15. Alboni 0
16. Zhou 0
17. Ricciardo 0
18. Okon 0
19. 0 gas
20. Bota 0
21. Sergeant 0

Builders Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 141 Punkte
02. Ferrari 120
03. McLaren 69
04. Mercedes 34
05. Aston Martin 33
06. Running Bull 7
07. Especially 4
08. Williams 0
09. Sauber 0
10. Alpine 0