Carlin driver Logan Sargeant says there is still plenty to come this season in relation to his performances. He believes the team has the pace to challenge at the front but is yet to show that promise on a consistent basis.
Sargeant was one of the beneficiaries of a last-lap tangle between Calan Williams and Ayumu Iwasa during the Monte Carlo Feature Race, that promoted the American into the points.
Although it meant he added two points to his tally in the 2022 Drivers' Championship, Sargeant says that it has been a difficult year in terms of the outright results, adding that he feels both he and the team can achieve much more.
"I feel like our pace is a lot better than the results to be honest," Sargeant said post-race last weekend. "To leave here with only two points after being so quick all weekend, it's a bit painful, but we'll take the positives. At least a podium or a win would be nice. But for now (it's) just one step at a time."
Turning his attentions to the next race weekend in Baku, Sargeant will be getting plenty of practice in ahead of any physical laps around the rapid street circuit.
With no experience in reality or in the simulator, Sargeant will be keeping very busy in the intervening weeks between Monte Carlo and Baku, getting up to speed with the challenges of one of the quickest tracks on the Formula 2 calendar.
"It's a track I've never been to, so I'll be doing prep work with both Williams and Carlin on that side to get as well acquainted with the track as I possibly can. Hopefully once we get there, it all just feels natural and comes together.
"Without the mistakes we were quick enough to be right at the front"
"I know which way it goes. I haven't done a load of laps there on the sim before, so I'm gonna be looking to pound out a lot of laps and gain some experience."
He'll be hoping that time spent in the simulator will translate into some silverware. Sargeant scored his maiden F2 podium in Barcelona during the Sprint Race and came close to repeating that third-place finish in the Feature event too.
In Monaco however, the challenges of a street circuit and the unpredictable nature of the sessions meant that he left with just two extra points than when he arrived ahead of the race weekend.
The American driver insists that he and his Carlin team are capable of fighting at the sharp end of the grid but that any errors need to be eliminated on all fronts.
"No mistakes. Without the mistakes we were quick enough to be right at the front, so all we have to do is dial those out and we'll be right there."