Former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan is not impressed with Logan Sargeant and claims he would not choose him to drive for his team, that is if he had one.
Lucky for Sargeant though is that Jordan does not have any control over his future, and those who do – Williams and James Vowles – were sufficiently satisfied with the American rookie’s performance that they handed him a contract extension for 2024.
Sargeant was promoted from Formula 2 where he finished fourth in the F1 feeder series Championship in 2022, and has not set the world alight with his performances alongside highly-rated teammate Alex Albon.
While Albon scored 27 points for Williams in the 2023 F1 season, Sargeant scored only 1 and finished 21st in the Drivers’ Championship only bettering Nyck de Vries who was sacked midseason. Even Liam Lawson who drove just five races in 2023 at AlphaTauri outscored Sargeant.
Speaking to the Formula For Success podcast, Jordan was asked whether he would take Sargeant into his team, he responded: “First of all, talent is something you have and you can’t buy it.
“Would he drive the car if he had no money? Absolutely not. Would he drive the car if he had a whole heap of money? I’m not even sure he would,” alluding to the fact that the Williams driver, pay driver or not, doesn’t have the talent.
Looking back on his days, Jordan said: “If I look back, the Jarno Trullis, the Ralf Schumachers, the Eddie Irvines and the [Rubens] Barrichellos, whilst people might think that we went for money primarily, there was a fine line.
“Yes, we needed somebody to help pay the bills, but it’s not absolutely imperative, Eddie Irvine is a case in point. But then there were other things that he brought in terms of other sponsors that helped to come as a result,” he added.
“Sargeant would not be in my team,” the Irishman declared. “We didn’t finish outside the top five that often and we got to number three, so to do that, you need really high-quality drivers who know and you can’t rely on just one.
“I mean, of course, there were times we relied on one. But generally speaking, I think a very strong teammate is exactly what you want. So the answer, Sargeant, I’m afraid wouldn’t be in my team,” Jordan concluded.
Big Question: Would you choose Logan Sargeant to drive for your team?