F1 British Grand Prix Notes: Logan Sargeant Earns Best Formula 1 Finish for Williams

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F1 British GP Notes: Sargeant Gets Best F1 FinishJayce Illman - Getty Images

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The wait for Carlos Sainz continues, Brad Pitt’s back in the paddock, and Silverstone replicates its record crowd.

Autoweek rounds up the comings and goings in Britain.

Logan Sargeant Grabs Best 2024 Result

American Logan Sargeant secured his best result of 2024 by taking 11th spot for Williams at the F1 British Grand Prix on Sunday.

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Williams’ rookie Logan Sargeant just missed his first top-10 finish in Formula 1.James Sutton - Formula 1 - Getty Images

Sargeant started from 112th position and remained in the midfield pack through the course of the race, emerging on top of a battle with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.

It meant Sargeant missed out on a point by only one position, but it was still a solid weekend for the under-pressure American.


“We executed everything relatively well and kept it together in tricky conditions,” Sargeant said. “We got quite unfortunate with the stacked stop for the Inters with Alex [Albon] having a slow stop ahead which cost us time.

"Of course, in hindsight there were maybe a couple of decisions we could’ve done a lap or two earlier which ultimately could’ve been the difference between a point or not. Overall, I’m happy with the way I drove this weekend.”

Silly Season Rumbles On

Formula 1’s Silly Season continues to rumble on, with the paddock largely awaiting the decision of Carlos Sainz.

Sainz has options on the table from Alpine, Williams, and Sauber, and different factions within his management camp are pulling in different directions, while Sainz himself has been keen to make a call outside of the intensity of Formula 1’s now-completed stretch of three races in three weekends.

Williams has installed Sainz as its priority, but Williams team prinicpal James Vowles wants someone who is fully committed to the project, with Valtteri Bottas in the frame.

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Carlos Sainz continues to be the key piece to the Silly Season puzzle.NurPhoto - Getty Images

Neither Bottas nor Zhou Guanyu are expected to stay on at Sauber, where wholesale changes are being made ahead of Audi’s arrival, but the team is having trouble recruiting a teammate to Nico Hulkenberg due to the long-term nature of the project.

Sauber has had a wretched year while Audi has no prior Formula 1 experience, and memories of Honda’s difficulties during its spell with McLaren are still fresh in the minds of many.

Sainz is favored by Alpine but it also has options, among them reserve driver Jack Doohan, to replace the outgoing Esteban Ocon, who is on the brink of joining Haas. Doohan took part in FP1 at Silverstone, and has had outings in Alpine’s 2022-spec car, but that recent test alongside Mick Schumacher was not a shootout, with Schumacher’s run planned as part of his WEC deal.

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Sergio Garcia’s recent—and unexpected—struggles have some at Red Bull thinking twice.NurPhoto - Getty Images

Complicating the picture is Sergio Perez’s slump in form at Red Bull, as well as the vacancy at Mercedes.

Perez has a contract through 2026 but it is understood there are option clauses and exit mechanisms should his underperformance continue. Perez has scored just 15 points across the last six events, dropping to sixth in the championship, 137 points behind team-mate Max Verstappen, with his woes leaving Red Bull vulnerable in the Constructors’ Championship.

“Of course he’s under pressure, that’s normal in Formula 1, and when you’re underdelivering that pressure only mounts and he’s aware of that,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “He knows it’s unsustainable to not be scoring points.”

One problem is a lack of options for Red Bull, with Sainz not understood to be on the radar, while management have remained cool toward Yuki Tsunoda—contracted at sister team RB for 2025—and Daniel Ricciardo has not delivered the sustained performance across the past 12 months to warrant a leading seat. Red Bull’s reserve Liam Lawson is due to sample the RB20 during a filming day this week but Horner stressed the outing has been arranged for several months and is not a response to Perez’s form.

Mercedes has not given up hope of snatching away Max Verstappen, who has a Red Bull contract through 2028, and is sitting back and waiting, while 17-year-old protégé Kimi Antonelli claimed his first Formula 2 victory in Saturday’s rain-lashed Sprint Race before being wiped out of the Feature Race on the opening lap.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff emphasized that Mercedes is in no hurry to make a decision, and dismissed suggestions that its recent return to competitiveness could influence the picture and dissuade it from taking a gamble on a rookie.

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Brad Pitt and crew were back at work at Silverstone.NurPhoto - Getty Images

F1 Movie Resumes On-site Filming

The Apple Studios Formula 1 movie, which now has the title of F1, was back on site at Silverstone, 12 months after filming got underway at last year’s corresponding event.

The movie will star Brad Pitt as a returning Formula 1 driver Sonny Hayes, alongside rookie teammate Joshua Pearce, played by Damson Idris, at the fictional back-of-the-grid APXGP team.

Scenes were filmed in the paddock, where APXGP had its own motorhome and pit garage, as well as in the TV pen, though specific scenes and plot lines are understandably being kept under wraps.

F1 will be released in June 2025, and fans got a teaser at Silverstone, as the first trailer dropped shortly before Sunday’s race.

Wind Tunnel Time Resets

Formula 1’s aerodynamic testing regulations had a mini-reset at the start of July, based on the order of the Constructors’ Championship.

The rules dictate that the number of wind tunnel hours and CFD capacity that can be used is based on a sliding scale, with the leaders getting 70% of a very complicated formula that is set at 320 runs, 80 on hours, and 400 hours of occupancy per ATP, which lasts eight weeks.

The allocation per team increases by increments of five per cent, until the back-of-the-grid team receives 115% of the allocation. Mercedes, second last year but only fourth at the rest, is among the biggest beneficiaries of relatively more time, now getting 85% of the allocation rather than 75 per cent, while Haas—up three places on its end-of-2023 position—will have the greatest reduction, down from 115% to 100%.

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Frano Colapinto gives Argentina its latest shot at an F1 driver.James Sutton - Formula 1 - Getty Images

Colapinto Brings Argentina Back to F1

Franco Colapinto became the first Argentine driver for 23 years to participate at a Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend when he took part in FP1 for Williams.

Colapinto, 21, races in Formula 2 and is backed by Williams, which handed him a first Formula 1 test at the end of 2023. Colapinto was rewarded for his encouraging opening half of 2024 by getting to drive the FW46 at Silverstone on Friday, fulfilling one of Williams’ two obligations to run a rookie in FP1. In doing so, Colapinto became the first Argentine at a Grand Prix weekend since Gaston Mazzacane’s final race in Imola in 2001.

“It was great, it was so fast, and I enjoyed every second of it – an amazing experience, I’m very grateful for the opportunity Williams gave me, at such an important race for them,” the amiable Colapinto said. “It’s such a high-speed track, probably the best track to drive in a Formula 1 car, it’s just amazing. It was by far the best experience of my life doing the first FP1.”

Colapinto was one of four rookies who partook in FP1, as Isack Hadjar had a second opportunity with Red Bull Racing, Alpine reserve Jack Doohan jumped in the A524, while 2025 Haas racer Ollie Bearman had another chance in the VF-24. Bearman will be back in action at Silverstone this week, taking part in a post-race tire test, alongside fellow Haas reserve Pietro Fittipaldi.

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Ollie Bearman is going back to his racing roots for his car number next year in Formula 1.Kym Illman - Getty Images

Ollie Bearman Will Bring No. 87 to the Grid

Formula 1 will have No. 87 on the grid for the first time courtesy of Bearman. The Briton has selected it as his permanent race number, when he makes his debut in 2025, and explained the reasoning behind the decision.

“I didn’t get to choose my number in Jeddah, and even if I did it was the last of my worries,” Bearman said, referring to his debut in Saudi Arabia. “But yeah, 87 is the number that I have raced since the beginning, it’s the number my dad raced with because I was born on the 8th of May and my brother on the 7th of August, so 87 was the number of choice and that will continue to be the case.”

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American Jak Crawford left Silverstone sixth in the Formula 2 season standings.Bryn Lennon - Formula 1 - Getty Images

American Jak Crawford Misses Out

Jak Crawford missed out on a potential second Formula 2 Feature Race victory due to a pit stop mistake at Silverstone.

Crawford’s DAMS team released him into the path of Zane Maloney in the pit lane and it was correctly judged as an unsafe release. Crawford grabbed the lead away from the dueling Isack Hadjar and Victor Martins to finish first on the road, but the time penalty dropped him to third.

Hadjar duly inherited the win, becoming the first three-time Formula 2 winner in 2024, and now leads the standings.

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F1 and Silverstone officials announced a four-day attendance of 480,00.NurPhoto - Getty Images

Silverstone Attendance Remains High

Silverstone matched its attendance figures from 2023 this year, according to Formula 1, despite a weekend of largely cold and inclement weather conditions.

A race day attendance of 164,000 witnessed Lewis Hamilton claim victory on home soil for a record-breaking ninth time, leading to a four-day figure of 480,000.