Alexander Sims will compete with Mahindra Racing for the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The move follows two seasons in the all-electric series with BMW i Andretti Racing. His highlights include pole position and a second-place finish in New York during Season 5, followed by an impressive start to his second season where he claimed pole position for both races of the opening round in Saudi Arabia and secured his maiden win in race two. It also made him the first driver to take three consecutive pole positions in Formula E.
“I’m delighted to be joining Mahindra Racing and continuing my Formula E campaign,” says Sims. “It is an exciting opportunity to bring on the team’s package and challenge for strong results. Promoting sustainability and electric mobility is important to me personally and competing in Formula E provides a strong, innovative and forward-looking platform to raise awareness.
“I would like to thank every single member of BMW i Andretti Motorsport for their hard work and belief in me over the last two seasons of Formula E. The working relationships have turned into friendships and I value that enormously. There have been a lot of great memories made and experiences enjoyed together, notably my first pole position in New York and first race win in Diriyah. The BMW family brought me into the professional motorsport world and has enabled me to go on an incredible journey that I am truly thankful for.
Sims adds, “It’s been a huge learning curve coming into Formula E – it’s such a different discipline in motorsport and brings with it great new challenges. I’m excited to continue learning and to use my knowledge to support Mahindra Racing in the upcoming seasons.”
Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal of Mahindra Racing, said: “I’m thrilled on behalf of the whole team to welcome Alexander. I’m extremely excited about working with him and the prospect of what we can achieve together is motivating. In Alexander we have a proven racing talent plus someone that embodies what Mahindra Racing stands for with his personal principles in the areas of electrification and sustainability. He is an intellectual driver, a very nice guy and a team player; I’m enthused about what Season 7 will bring and look forward to announcing Alexander’s team-mate in due course.”
The first round of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E Championship will take place in Santiago, Chile, on 16 January 2021 and concludes with a home race for Sims in London, UK, on 24-25 July 2021. The championship will be contested over 14 rounds in 12 cities around the world.