In terms of one lap pace, Logan Sargeant has been pretty much unrivalled in Formula 3 this season, magnificently hurtling to a hat-trick of poles in the last three rounds. Yet, the PREMA racer says he isn’t fully satisfied, as he’s yet to quite master the art of defence when the lights go out in a race.
The Championship leader took his maiden F3 win from pole in Race 1 of the second Silverstone round, but dropped back to third from first in the Race 1’s either side of that.
The American is far from alone in this regard – it is notoriously difficult to remain on pole in F3, due to the tricky balance of building a gap at the start of the race, while carefully managing your tyres.
“It is all a balance in this Championship,” Sargeant explained. “Clearly, we have made a step forward this season.
“I was over the moon to get three in a row, and potentially, a fourth this weekend. I think where I need to be better, is to maximise the pole positions and turn them into wins. Hopefully that’s where we can improve.
“I definitely think that having a balance that suits you, means you are able maximise the car - especially around one lap. If things aren’t feeling completely right, then it is hard to really pull all of it together around one lap. Obviously this year, I have been able to do that.
“I think as you said, in races, DRS is a massive advantage for the second driver. Because of that, it’s really important to try and build that gap, as it makes it much more difficult for the second placed driver to make a move.”
The very best drivers are constantly striving for more, and that’s certainly the way Sargeant speaks. Having made the switch from Carlin Buzz to PREMA Racing for 2020, the 19-year-old is revelling in his new machinery. He currently sits top of the Drivers’ Championship, one point ahead of his teammate Oscar Piastri.
Coming to Spa this weekend, Sargeant is confident he has the pace and the ability to secure a fourth pole in a row, and from there, maximise the race.
“Compared to last year, we have made a massive progression and I am super happy. Coming to PREMA was a great opportunity for me, and I feel that so far, we have done well to grab a hold of it.
“We still have three rounds to go, so there’s still a lot of work to be done, but we will be working hard to keep getting good results.
“For sure, the goal is to get another pole and put myself in the best position possible. From there, I need to be in an attacking mindset to try and hold the lead for the first few laps and try and build a gap.
“In Barcelona, I think I was lacking pace in Race 1, and we will have to make sure that doesn’t happen this weekend. Spa is definitely a track I have always enjoyed coming too and I am looking forward to it.”