Logan Sargeant didn’t have an excellent start to the weekend in Budapest during Free Practice, placing his Carlin down in 11th by the end of the session. However, he aims to maximize both races to make amends for the undesirable round in Le Castellet.
Reflecting on Free Practice, the American driver admitted he was disappointed with being so far off from the ideal setup, which puts him 1:32.590 behind the pacesetter, Juri Vips.
Despite getting a third-place podium last year in the FIA Formula 3, Sargeant recalled that he’s not so comfortable with the Hungarian track but grateful for the improvement in Qualifying.
He said, “I think considering where we started in free practice. We weren’t, as let’s say, comfortable with the circuit.
“It just seemed like we were a bit out the window, and to be honest, the top five was a really good result considering where we started. I think we were quite happy with the result.”
His teammate, Liam Lawson, was also struggling in practice even though he managed to get a hold of P8, which shows that the team couldn’t find the proper grip. Regardless, Sargeant believed that a few tweaks on the setup and his driving would help him to improve.
“Free practice was both. A bit in the car, not where I wanted it to be, just not driving as well as I could have,” Stated Sargeant.
“We did make a big step both on my side and on the car side and Qualifying. That’s all you can ask for.”
Looking at his outstanding results in the venue for the last two years in consistently staying inside the top 10, Sargeant is somewhat confident with how the race will play out: “I’d say we have to aim for a podium in both races. We could be extremely happy if we do that.”
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