It was a weekend of challenges for Alexander Sims at his home race in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Racing around London’s Royal Docks in the first motorsport event to take place both inside and outside ExCeL London, Sims recovered from a puncture to claim a 16th-place finish on Sunday, but was forced to retire from Saturday’s race after a first-lap collision.
The Coughton-based driver set a fastest lap time of 1:24.584 in Saturday’s qualifying, narrowly missing out on the top six Super Pole shootout and securing an eighth-place start on the grid for the #29 Mahindra Racing M7Electro. Unfortunately Sims’ race was short lived when contact from behind on the first lap caused an impact with the wall that resulted in race-retiring damage.
The Mahindra Racing team worked hard overnight to get Sims’ M7Electro back on track for Sunday’s E-Prix. In qualifying, he set a fastest lap of 1:21.064 to put him 17th on the grid. However, Sims’ bad luck continued as he was hit on the opening lap, causing a left rear puncture that forced him to head to the pits for a replacement tyre. Back on track, Sims began to pick his way back through the pack, climbing to 16th before the chequered flag. Meanwhile, Sims’ team-mate Alex Lynn secured his maiden Formula E win and the first victory for Mahindra Racing this season.
“It’s been a really disappointing weekend,” exclaimed Sims. “During both races we had sensible starts but got tapped from behind. In the first race it was contact from Mitch Evans, who I understand got hit from behind himself, and as a result broke something in the drivetrain. In the second race, I picked up a puncture on the first lap and was forced to pit for a new tyre, which pushed me to the back of the pack. It was a real shame as everyone in the team puts so much effort into these things. Huge congratulations go to Alex on his win and third place on Saturday – it’s a team effort and I’m pleased for him to do well.”
Sims sits 18th in the Drivers’ Standings with Mahindra Racing seventh in the Teams’ Standings.
The final two rounds of the 2020-21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship take place on 14-15 August 2021 as a double-header in Berlin, Germany.