Before his graduation from Formula 2 to Formula 1, Logan Sargeant takes us back through his favourite weekend in racing. The American remembers the 2019 Macau Grand Prix, where he achieved a podium at the iconic street circuit.
With the narrow streets and high speeds providing a serious challenge to the drivers, Sargeant says that it was a weekend like no other in his racing career. It’s left him with a feeling of unfinished business there and with hopes of one day returning to take on the track once more.
“The most memorable race in my career was Macau back in 2019. I think even just going there as a driver, you’re very unsure what’s going to be coming your way. You’ve done a lot of sim work heading into it but it’s very hard to simulate it exactly like it is when you’re going so fast between those walls.
“I remember getting there and being nervous and I came out of the pitlane and was like, ‘wow, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to push here’. Then all of a sudden you just get into the flow and you realise just how special of a place it really is and how special the laps are there.
“I remember Qualifying didn’t quite go my way but through the races, we just had really good pace and were able to keep moving up the field. In the end we managed to finish third in the final race. It was a great weekend after what was a tough 2019. It was an amazing weekend and one that I’ve always wanted to go back and do again. Unfortunately, with COVID, we’ve not been able to yet.
“The great thing about that weekend was that it wasn’t like a typical F1 Grand Prix weekend, we had a little bit more time in Practice to really find our feet let’s say. I really just used the first session to understand the track and to get into a nice rhythm and groove. The second Practice session was when I really started to push and find the absolute limit. It came quite a bit easier than expected at first. It was quite a smooth weekend.
“Honestly it was one of those weekends when you never know what was going to happen. It’s a street track and it’s always tough, one mistake and you’re in the wall so you try not to put too much expectation on it. I think ultimately, throughout the weekend, we saw that we had really good pace and the goal became to get inside the top five, a podium was a bonus. Looking back at it, if we would’ve had a slightly better Qualifying than we did then we possibly could have fought for the win. That was a bit of a shame but is a huge part of why I want to go back and finish the job.
“I remember throughout every session, it’s more normal now after having done so much driving, but I remember getting out of the car at Macau and my hands were shaking, your whole body is shaking with adrenaline. That’s one of the best feelings as a driver. You know you’ve been pushed to the limits of your comfort zone.”