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22 Mar 2021

Frustrating fifth at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Alexander Sims and his Corvette Racing team-mates Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy claimed fifth-in-class at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts, the second endurance race contested by Sims in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Despite team-mate Milner putting the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R second on the GT Le Mans (GTLM) grid with a fastest lap of 1:54.944, the car developed an electrical problem that hampered the Corvette’s performance from the outset of the race. As a result, the trio was unable to challenge for the podium and repeat its GTLM feat from the previous round at Daytona.

“It was a tough day for everyone in the whole team,” said Sims. “It was clear very quickly that we were going to be up against it to get anything from the race. We went into it seeing what we could salvage, and in the end we unfortunately couldn’t salvage much.”

Despite the frustrating results, Sims was able to see positives and felt he benefited from the track time in the C8.R.

“From a personal point of view, it was good to get more miles in the Corvette. I found a decent amount of performance in myself between first stint and second stint in the car,” Sims explains. “It was helpful to keep gaining miles. In practices this weekend, you only get 10 or 12 laps before the race starts, and that’s just not enough to get back into it. That’s the biggest positive from my side.”

During the weekend, Corvette Racing and Chevrolet celebrated a 25-year technology partnership with Mobil 1, with the Corvette C8.Rs sporting a livery that matched the Mobil 1 brand.

Sims’ next endurance outing with Corvette Racing will be the world-renowned Le Mans 24 Hours, France, on 21-22 August 2021.

About Alexander Sims

The 34-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.

|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: 2021-2022|Country: Spain|Keyword: season 8|Keyword: season eight|Keyword: S8|Keyword: motorsport|Keyword: electric racing|Keyword: single seater|Keyword: open wheel|Keyword: 2021|