–by Mark Cipolloni–
A crash in Sprint Qualifying by American rookie Logan Sargeant has resulted in him missing today’s Sprint race because the car could not be repaired in time.
Sargeant had made it through to SQ2 and was on a faster lap when he came upon the two Ferraris moving slowly approaching Turn 15.
Sargeant lost his concentration for a split second worrying about avoiding the Prancing Horses and pancaked the outside wall with the left side of his Williams.
The FIA announced just two hours before the start of the sprint that Williams had requested Sargeant’s car be withdrawn from the sprint – which the governing body accepted.
Sargeant’s absence means that the grid will be closed up, so those drivers that qualified behind him will all move up one position.
“Logan’s car will not run in the #F1Sprint this afternoon, despite the best efforts of the team.
“After receiving the FW45 back following the shootout, we worked flat-out on the car but there is not enough time to complete the repair. Subsequently, we have withdrawn Logan from the Sprint.
“Gutted for Logan who has shown great pace with two Q2 appearances this weekend.”