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14 Oct 2019

Sims confirms 2019/20 Formula E drive with BMW i Andretti Motorsport

Following his maiden season in the all-electric racing series, British racing driver Alexander Sims will continue his ABB FIA Formula E Championship campaign in 2019/20 with BMW i Andretti Motorsport. 

Warwickshire-based Sims ended his rookie Formula E season on a high in July, securing pole position, a podium and fourth-place finish at the double-header finale in New York. The 31-year-old, a champion of electric mobility and sustainability, will bring this experience to BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Season 6 campaign, as the series welcomes new manufacturers to the competition. 

“Formula E is such an exciting and forward-thinking championship on so many levels, and I’m delighted to be competing again this season,” says Sims. “Having the opportunity to race in a series that pushes boundaries, promotes innovation and sustainable mobility is a real honour, and I’m thrilled that BMW i Andretti Motorsport has again entrusted me with this position.”

“We have an exciting driver duo for our second Formula E season,” said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Alexander Sims learned at a rapid pace in his first season, and showed that he can be up there at the front. He was unlucky in some of the races, but he finally celebrated his first podium at the finale in New York. I’m confident that he will be able to build on this in 2019/20.”

New York (USA) 14th July 2019. ABB FIA Formula E Championship, New York E-Prix, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, 2nd Place Driver Alexander Sims (GBR) BMW iFE.18 #27 and

Sims continues: “There were fantastic highs, some lows to overcome and lots of learnings to take from my first season; I’m determined to utilise this knowledge and start where I left off, continuing to build from there. The competition is set to be tough this season with strong drivers and more manufacturers entering but I’ve completed my rookie season, got to grips with its unique challenges and I’m ready to turn that experience into results.  

Sims will ready the BMW iFE.20 for its upcoming campaign at the official Formula E test on 15-18 October 2019 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. He will compete alongside BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s new signing for this season, Maximilian Günther. “I’m looking forward to working with Max, who did a good job last season and will be an asset to the team,” says Sims. 

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will compete on Sims’ home ground this season, as the 2020 finale will take place in London around the city’s Royal Docks and ExCeL London on 25-26 July 2020. 

“Formula E’s return to race in the UK is really important for me and for continuing to raise awareness of electric mobility,” explains Sims. “The track, being partly inside the ExCeL building and partly outside around Royal Victoria Dock, will be a very different challenge for all the drivers. I hope that there will be plenty to celebrate come the end of the season there.”

The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship is contested over 14 races, taking place in 12 cities across five continents, starting with a double-header on 22-23 November 2019 in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship Calendar

Round 1 & 2 22-23 November 2019 Ad Diriyah E-Prix, Saudi Arabia
Round 3 18 January 2020 Santiago E-Prix, Chile
Round 4 15 February 2020 Mexico City E-Prix, Mexico
Round 5 29 February 2020 Marrakech E-Prix, Morocco
Round 6 21 March 2020 Sanya E-Prix, China
Round 7 4 April 2020 Rome E-Prix, Italy
Round 8 18 April 2020 Paris E-Prix, France
Round 9 3 May 2020 Seoul E-Prix, South Korea
Round 10 6 June 2020 Jakarta E-Prix, Indonesia
Round 11 21 June 2020 Berlin E-Prix, Germany
Round 12 11 July 2020 New York City E-Prix, USA
Round 13 & 14 25-26 July 2020 London E-Prix, UK

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|
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