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10 May 2021

Clash forces early retirement in Monaco

Round 7 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship took place in Monaco on 8 May 2021. In a first for the series, the Monaco E-Prix was contested on the full circuit, a modified version of the historic Grand Prix track, but it was unfortunately a short-lived race for Alexander Sims following a first-lap incident.

During qualifying, Sims set a fastest lap time of 1:32.146 to put him 12th on the timesheets, with a penalty higher up the field elevating him to 11th place on the grid.

At the start of the race on the tight, twisty street circuit, Sims passed Pascal Wehrlein for tenth, but just a few corners later Wehrlein hit Sims from behind as the field crowded into the Hairpin, sending him sideways. The clash between the two continued into the corner, with the Tag Heuer Porsche mounting the Mahindra Racing M7Electro, which was squeezed into the barrier. Sims’ car unfortunately sustained significant damage that forced him into early retirement from the race.

“It was certainly a challenging day. We didn’t get many laps in practice to get a feel for the new track, though we managed a sensible and solid qualifying lap to get us back into the race. Unfortunately, it was over pretty much before it started. Halfway round the first lap, Wehrlein hit me at the hairpin then drove over my sidepod causing massive damage to my car.

“So much goes into the preparation for a race weekend, so it’s a huge disappointment for the team to go out on the first lap and come away without any points. The car felt really good in qualifying, so I think with more practice laps we would have had the pace to get into Super Pole, which is really important when you’re on a tight circuit and in such a competitive field. I think we’ve already shown our race pace is good this season so as ever we pick ourselves up and refocus on the next task ahead – hopefully we can get back up there in Mexico.”

Round 8 and 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Puebla E-Prix, takes place in Mexico on 19-20 June 2021.

| Driver: Alexander Sims| Team: Mahindra Racing| Number: 29| Car: Mahindra M7Electro|Car: Spark SRT05e|
| Photographer: Lou Johnson| Event: Preseason Testing| Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo| Location: Valencia| Series: FIA Formula E| Season: 2020-2021| Country: Spain| Keyword: Season 7| Keyword: Season Seven| Keyword: S7| Keyword: motorsport| Keyword: electric racing| Keyword: single seater| Keyword: open wheel| Keyword: 2020|
| Team: Mahindra Racing| Car: Mahindra M7Electro|Car: Spark SRT05e|
| Keyword: Pitlane| Keyword: Pit Lane|
| Session: afternoon|

About Alexander Sims

The 33-year-old Londoner has been involved in Formula E since the series’ inception in 2014, initially testing cars before securing a race seat in Season 5 with BMW i Andretti Motorsport. Highlights in his first season included a pole position and second place finish in New York. Alexander had an impressive start to his second season, taking pole positions for both races of the opening round in Saudi Arabia and taking his maiden win in race two. It also made him the first driver to take three consecutive pole positions in Formula E.

Alexander currently races for Mahindra Racing.

Alongside his Formula E racing activities, Sims is a passionate advocate for sustainability and electric mobility on the road, having owned and driven EVs since 2012 and aims to incorporate sustainable choices into his daily lifestyle.

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