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.”
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|