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Sargeant battling to keep F1 seat amid rising competition

Sargeant battling to keep F1 seat amid rising competition
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Logan Sargeant openly acknowledges his ongoing struggle to maintain his position at Williams. The underperforming American driver is keenly aware of the growing chatter regarding his potential replacement for the 2025 season, which could be notable drivers like Valtteri Bottas and even Carlos Sainz.

Logan Sargeant openly acknowledges his ongoing struggle to maintain his position at Williams. The underperforming American driver is keenly aware of the growing chatter regarding his potential replacement for the 2025 season, which could be notable drivers like Valtteri Bottas and even Carlos Sainz.

"Carlos who?" quipped Williams team principal James Vowles at the Monaco Grand Prix, responding to startling revelations about a direct competition with Audi-owned Sauber for the acquisition of Ferrari's soon-to-be former driver, Carlos Sainz.

Sainz appears to favor Red Bull as his prime choice, while the F1 'silly season' remains currently stagnant amidst persistent whispers that Max Verstappen might sensationally switch teams.

For the 23-year-old Sargeant, the interim is particularly trying.

"Of course I want to stay at Williams," he stated firmly in Monaco.

"I believe I can reach the level I need to be at, so that's what I'm trying to do."

He mentioned that one of his challenges includes driving a car that often lags a few upgrades behind the one driven by the clear team frontrunner, Alex Albon.

"I think I have a chance every weekend, but at the same time it's difficult when improvements come for him," Sargeant commented. "But ultimately the team knows the differences between the cars."

Unlike Sauber's Guanyu Zhou, who has been linked with moves to Haas and Alpine, Sargeant has not been seriously considered by other teams.

"I'm very calm," remarked Zhou, the Chinese driver. "I don't feel like I'm under a lot of pressure, nor that it's going to be my last year."

Should Sainz decline the offer from Audi-Sauber, rumors suggest the team might retain either Bottas or Zhou to partner Nico Hulkenberg in 2025.

Yuki Tsunoda seems increasingly likely to remain at RB.

"Yes," affirmed the Red Bull-owned team's CEO Peter Bayer when queried about their interest in retaining the Japanese driver. "We have a very strong lineup. We have a great reserve driver," he added, alluding to Daniel Ricciardo and aspiring future racer Liam Lawson.

Meanwhile, Mick Schumacher continues to be mentioned as seeking an opportunity at Alpine or another Formula 1 spot.

"We have to hope that the dominoes fall in my direction and hopefully I end up with a seat," Schumacher disclosed to Sky Deutschland in Monaco.

"All I can do is give my best performance in the WEC, put in a good performance as reserve driver (at Mercedes), and continue to hold discussions."

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