Formula One

Heavy crashes in Dutch GP qualifying for Sargeant and Leclerc

Logan Sargeant exiting his car after the first of two crashes in Dutch GP qualifying
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A couple of crashes in Dutch GP qualifying interrupted Q3 twice in Zandvoort, as Logan Sargeant and Charles Leclerc both crashed heavily in tricky conditions.

Crashes in Dutch GP qualifying: Bitter end for Sargeant’s best qualifying

Logan Sargeant crashed heavily during the qualifying session at Zandvoort, putting a premature end to his best qualifying session in his young Formula 1 career.

The rookie progressed to Q3 for the first time this season, beating his previous best of fourteenth at Silverstone. The qualifying session for the Dutch Grand Prix started with wet conditions and the first two segments featured drivers on intermediate tyres.

Sargeant earned his first Q3 promotion with a last gasp effort that put him up to tenth, just edging Nico Hulkenberg out and beating Lewis Hamilton too.

As the track was drying very quickly, soft tyres were selected by a few drivers for the start of the Q3 session and Sargeant was among them. Having just completed his first flying lap almost four minutes into the session, the American driver pushed too hard at the second corner and put his left rear tyre just outside the dry line.

The rear end instantly snapped and Sargeant had absolutely no time to react. The Williams was sent into the wall nose-first and suffered heavy damage, while other parts of the car were damaged as well.

Sargeant was fine after the accident though and walked away from the car with no signs of any injury. He also confirmed that via team radio, as he simply stated:

I’m okay, sorry.

The crash for Sargeant interrupted the final segment of qualifying for quite a while, as red flag came out while the Williams was getting recovered, the track needed to be cleaned up and a barrier needed to be repaired. The end of qualifying found Sargeant in tenth, in a day that will be bittersweet for him.

Crashes in Dutch GP qualifying: Another qualifying crash for Leclerc

A few minutes after the session resumed, Charles Leclerc crashed as well, this time at Turn 9. The Ferrari driver has had a tricky weekend in terms of pace, but this crash makes his weekend even worse.

The Monegasque went wide at the ninth corner of the track and impacted the wall heavily with the left-hand side of the car. Both the front and rear suspensions appear to have suffered extensive damage. Leclerc was fine though and confirmed that via team radio.

The angle of the impact also is quite worrying, as the gearbox might have been damaged too. If that needs to be changed, Leclerc will likely receive a grid penalty, as he is already on the limit of the gearboxes he can use this season. At the end of qualifying though, he was placed in ninth position, only ahead of Sargeant.

This is his third Q3 crash of the year, after Baku and Miami. He was also eliminated in Q1 at Barcelona, after a couple of spins in that session.

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