Logan Sargeant's car damage expenses this year are 4x his salary, Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso's expenses the lowest: Reports
A recent statistic shared on social media gives a good indication of how badly Logan Sargeant's rookie season has been going. The young American has not only been underperforming, but he has seemingly become something of a financial burden on Williams as well.
F1 teams work on damage repairs before, during, and after each race weekend. This can include minor as well as major mechanical fixes that they have to perform. Of course, when a driver crashes the car, the cost of repairing the damage shoots up quite a lot.
So far in 2023, Logan Sargeant has reportedly cost the team $3,906,000 in repairs from his various crashes and other damages to the car. This makes him the driver to have cost his team the most in repairs.
When these statistics are compared to driver salaries for 2023, it makes the cost of repairs from Logan Sargeant look even more bizarre. Since he is a rookie, Sargeant currently earns around $1,000,000 per season. That means his reported damage expenses are nearly four times his own salary from Williams.
In comparison, Red Bull star Max Verstappen, who is dominating the sport and will be the highest-paid driver in 2023 with a $55,000,000 per-season salary, has almost negligible damage expenses. Since he is driving almost faultless races week in and week out, it has only cost Red Bull $220,000 to repair damages to his car.
Fernando Alonso, who earns $5,000,000 per season, is second-last in damage expenses with reportedly just $350,000.
Aston Martin reserve driver rumored to be prime candidate to replace Logan Sargeant in 2024
There have been several recent reports claiming that Aston Martin reserve driver Felipe Drugovich could be a prime candidate to replace Logan Sargeant in Williams for 2024. Though James Vowles has shown support for Sargeant, there is no denying that the young driver has not been able to perform well in his first year in Formula 1.
On the other hand, Felipe Drugovich has decent experience in his budding years that could make him a good fit for F1. He has won in Formula 2000, Euroformula, Spanish Formula 3, and Formula 2.
According to Blick, Drugovich has already been "negotiating for weeks" with Williams for the seat in 2024. This was reported before the 2023 F1 Japanese GP, where Logan Sargeant had a major crash in qualifying.
The crash could have further catalysed the process of finding a potential replacement for Sargeant. However, nothing can be said for sure since there has been no official news either by the team or by the driver.