Williams driver Logan Sargeant says he is in a much better shape to attack his second season in Formula 1 after gaining weight over the off-season.
Sargeant finished 21st in the championship in his rookie campaign in Formula 1 last year with just a single points finish.
Heading into his second season, Sargeant says he believes he is in a much stronger condition physically and mentality to improve in 2024.
“The off-season’s been great,” Sargeant told media including RaceFans. “It’s been such a good opportunity for me to take a step back, reflect, look at myself from a mental, emotional and physical standpoint – where I needed to improve, where I needed to get better.
“I feel like that off-season’s the first chance you really have to really do something about it and it’s been great. I got to spend some time at home, really refresh, get myself into the best shape I’ve ever been in and feel more ready than ever to make the step that I know I can make.”
Facing a long 24-round season in 2024, Sargeant says he is much better prepared to cope with the demands of a full grand prix calendar this season.
“I think it’s all in the details,” he explained. “I learned a lot throughout the season. I learned that I need to manage myself much better. I let myself get very drained throughout the season and I let that affect me off the track, which ultimately brings it onto the track.
“I wasn’t physically in the place I need to be and I’ve done everything I can to get on top of that. For example, I’m five kilos heavier than I was at the end of last year and I feel much more healthy and much more ready to go. And from a driving point of view, just having that reference, every single track that I go to, of what a Formula 1 car is capable of, I can now really start on a much better footing going into these weekends. I know much more of what I can do behind the scenes as well to extract performance from a driving standpoint.”
Sargeant will race alongside Alexander Albon for a second season in 2024. Asked about his team mate’s weight gain, Albon explained he is not in a position to do the same.
“Unfortunately, Logan’s about seven or eight centimetres shorter than me, so he has the luxury to put on those four or five kilos,” Albon explained.
“If I did four or five kilos, I would be four or five kilos overweight, unfortunately! My operating weight is already right on the limit, so it is a bit more difficult for me to put on muscle mass…