According to a table originally assembled by Reddit user u/basspro24chevy, the 22-year-old cost Williams £3.4million ($4333,000) in damages just to his FW45.
How Sargeant's crashes harm the 2024 Williams car
After he crashed out in qualifying in Japan, with driver error to blame in the high-speed incident that wrecked both his front and rear wings, breaking the suspension for good measure, his team boss James Vowles highlighted just how costly these mistakes were becoming.
“Under the cost cap, what you don’t want to be doing is overproducing parts," he said. "We’ve had more attrition than expected, I think it’s fair to say... It means we’ll have to divert attention away from other items [for 2024] while producing more spare parts before the end of the year.”
Williams had their most successful season since 2017 as they came home seventh overall, largely courtesy of Alex Albon who was regularly in the points. By contrast, Sargeant scored just the solitary point in his maiden campaign.
The American remains without a confirmed seat for 2024, the team keeping tight lipped on whether the rookie did enough to be granted a second year in the sport. And given his damages bill, it’s easy to see why keeping him on isn’t a straightforward decision.
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