Officially joining just three days before the start of the season, Logan Sargeant’s work has been non-stop since signing for the Charouz Racing System and the American says he’ll be using the summer break to ‘relax and recharge’ after the team took their best results of the season in Budapest.
Sargeant and his teammate Enzo Fittipaldi scored podiums as part of a 28-point haul in Round 4, with the American finishing inside of the points in every race for the first time this year.
Although he finished fourth on track, Sargeant was promoted to a podium position in Race 1 after Lorenzo Colombo was handed a time penalty and stripped of the win. Fittipaldi followed that up with a podium of his own in Race 2, the two pieces of silverware a welcome reward for the team’s hard work this season.
“I do feel like Budapest was a step in the right direction,” said Sargeant. “The team has been working super hard. We missed all of Free Practice with a mechanical issue, so to go into Qualifying and get a top 8 result was pretty impressive, both by myself and the team. I was pretty proud of that.
“The races were difficult because it was pretty much a train, and you were just trying to pick everyone off one by one the best you could. For the team, it was a great weekend. Both me and Enzo got a podium, and it was the most points the team have scored in one round. It is really awesome to see that we are making some progress.”
The duo finished one in front of the other in Race 3, with Fittipaldi in P9 and Sargeant 10th, though the American reckons he could have done better were it not for the weather conditions.
Explaining the lack of vision he experienced, Sargeant said: “Race 3 wasn’t quite the race I wanted. The conditions were super challenging, especially in the first part of the race.
“You couldn’t really see a thing out there. I was just trying to pick out the braking points, take the right line to try and find the grip, and not make any mistakes. Fortunately, we didn’t make any mistakes, but I still didn’t quite make the progress that I was hoping for.”
With just under a month until the next round in Spa, Sargeant says he will return to his home in Florida and will be shutting down for a while, before stepping things up in the lead-up.
“I like to take a step back,” he said. “I’m going home to Florida, and I am going to relax and mentally recharge. I will then come back for Spa in the best shape I can. The engineers will go back and look at the data and see what they can do from that side. I will be doing plenty of sim prep as well.
“It is one of my best tracks on the calendar, so I am super happy and looking forward to that. Hopefully, me and the team can be extremely prepared and try to do even better than we did in Budapest.”