An incredible drive, clever race strategy and efficient performance helped BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims improve 13 positions and claim a fifth-place finish in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s Mexico City E-Prix, which took place on 15 February 2020.
Sims once again faced the challenge of being in the first group for qualifying in Mexico. It was a tough session: the Brit battled against a dirty track and the car’s set-up, resulting in a fastest lap of 1:09.376, which put him 20th on the timesheets. This was elevated to an 18th place starting position following grid penalties for other competitors.
Sims drove a strategic race from the start. Managing his energy, he weaved his way through the field, gradually improving positions in the early stages of the race. From the midpoint, he was able to really push forward when other drivers were more energy conscious. On his faultless drive to fifth, he also set the fastest lap of the race, which scored him an additional point.
Securing 11 points at the Mexico City E-Prix, Sims remains second in the Drivers’ Championship on 46 points, just one behind current leader and most-recent race winner Mitch Evans.
“We struggled with grip in qualifying, and with our starting position the race was a major challenge for us,” explains Sims. “However, we began conservatively and were able to save much more energy than our rivals in the opening stages. We were clean and consistent, not making any mistakes, and then with the energy saved I was able to push in the second half and chase down a strong result. The BMW iFE.20 felt really strong during the race. Overall, it is fantastic to finish a race day with a good result after starting it in such a disappointing way. I’m pleased to leave Mexico still second in the championship, and to have helped BMW keep its lead in the Teams’ Championship.”
Sims next races in the Marrakesh E-Prix, Morocco, on 29 February 2020.