F1 Japanese Grand Prix: Logan Sargeant Crashes His Williams FW46 in Suzuka FP1

In the First free practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix, Williams driver Logan Sargeant veered off the track, resulting in significant damage to his FW46. This incident occurred with 25 minutes remaining in the session.

By Divyam Dubey | on April 5, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Max Verstappen, piloting the upgraded Red Bull RB20, set the fastest time during the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. This practice was the second in a row to be disrupted by a red flag, which was caused by a crash involving a driver from the Williams team. During the first practice session (FP1), Logan Sargeant, while using soft tyres, lost control of his car at Turn 7. He veered off the track and grazed the grass on the outside of the left turn before colliding with the barriers.

This tragedy worsens Williams' difficulties, as they are already confronting shortages of components as a result of a rough winter and prior damage sustained in Australia. Sargeant was driving a rebuilt monocoque that had been damaged in Albon's accident in Melbourne, which highlighted the team's limits in terms of resources.

As soon as the American's FW46 was returned to the pits, the mechanics noticed the front suspension and gearbox were severely damaged. Both components must be changed for the rest of the weekend. Logan's car is being fixed quickly so he can take part in Free Practice 2. Still, there's doubt about whether they'll be able to finish in time.

Despite the disappointment, Albon demonstrated potential by placing 12th in the session. The apologetic tone of Sergeant over the radio highlights his acute awareness of the potential repercussions of the incident, particularly given the team's constrained resources. The squad faces a tough road ahead since Williams is not likely to have a backup chassis until the May Miami GP.

F1 Japanese Grand Prix: The Close Battle Behind Red Bull

F1 Ferrari Carlos

There's no doubt that there will, be a fears battle between McLaren and Ferrari at Suzuka. The McLaren MCL38 will be incredible in high-speed bends, where Ferrari took the lead when Carlos Sainz, who won the Australian GP, recorded the third-best time, just 0.213 seconds behind Red Bull's fastest time. Meanwhile, McLaren's Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris finished the session in eighth and 10th places, respectively. Their runs on soft tyres were disrupted by a red flag. 

As the cooling requirements at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix have decreased, McLaren has made slight changes to its brake ducts, while Ferrari has implemented a new rear wing with increased downforce.

Contrary to expectations, Mercedes demonstrated remarkable speed, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton achieving the fourth and fifth best times. Hamilton's lap, which was completed immediately before the red flag incident, was only 0.487 seconds behind the fastest lap, with Russell slightly ahead. A heated struggle is about to take place at Suzuka, as McLaren, Ferrari, and Mercedes are ready to challenge Red Bull's dominance.

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