Last-lap contact in Marrakesh puts Sims out of fifth place

At the Marrakesh E-Prix, the fifth round of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims once again demonstrated his pace, race strategy and prowess as he climbed through the all-electric field to fifth place. However, a last-lap collision resulted in race-ending damage at the Moroccan event on 29 February 2020. 

Facing Group One qualifying, Sims set the second fastest time in his group behind the wheel of the #27 BMW iFE.20. His fastest lap of 1:17.83 put him eighth on the grid for the race start. 

From the fourth row, Sims was squeezed into the inside of the tight left-hand Turn 1 and lost positions to those taking the outside line. Settling into 11th place, Sims went about conserving as much energy as possible while maintaining a strong pace in the opening half of the race. As he did in the Mexico E-Prix, Sims began his move up the order from the mid-way point in the race, utilising Attack Mode and his energy reserves to climb to sixth place and battle for fifth with ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara. On the final lap, contact with Mortara on the run to Turn 7 broke the track rod on Sims’ #27 BMW iFE.20 and put a premature end to his race. 

“Unfortunately, the race once again showed what a thin line there is between fortune and misfortune in Formula E. I lost a few positions at the start, but was then able to save a lot of energy and win back one place after another with the clever use of Attack Mode. It was all looking good and I felt strong on energy and pace, but there was contact with Edoardo Mortara shortly before the finish. It was a light touch in the braking zone and felt fairly innocuous, but it did significant damage to the driveshaft that meant I was unable to continue. It’s a real shame as I felt the race had been executed well and we were on for a strong result. However, I’m pleased for my team-mate Maximilian Günther and the team, who got a deserved podium finish.”

After five rounds, Sims is currently third in the Drivers’ Championship on 46 points. He next races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the Rome E-Prix, Italy, on 4 April 2020. 

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