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21 Jan 2020

Sims leaves Santiago second in the standings despite difficult weekend

Santiago de Chile (CHL), 16th-18th January 2020. ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Season 6, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, No. 27 Alexander Sims (GBR), BMW iFE.20.

Alexander Sims faced a tough weekend in Santiago, Chile, for round three of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on 18 January 2020, but still finished the weekend within easy striking distance of the championship leader. 

The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver went out in his #27 BMW iFE.20 in group one for qualifying and was faced with a slippery track. Despite having scored the past three consecutive pole positions, he and his fellow group one competitors struggled with traction and Sims had to settle for 15th place on the grid with a lap time of 1:05.848.

Santiago de Chile (CHL), 16th-18th January 2020. ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Season 6, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, No. 27 Alexander Sims (GBR), BMW iFE.20.

In the race, Sims held his own in the midfield and fought hard for position. He made up four places to be running 11th, but an unfortunate collision with the crash barriers resulted in damage that forced him to retire.

Sims’ team-mate Maximilian Günther went on to claim the race victory with a last-lap overtake, making it two back-to-back wins for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, which now leads the team standings.

Santiago de Chile (CHL), 16th-18th January 2020. ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Season 6, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Winner Maximilian Günter (GER), Roger Griffiths (GBR) Team principal, Jens Marquardt (GER) BMW Motorsport Director and Team BMWi Andretti Motorsport winner group pictures.

In the drivers’ standings, Sims is running in second place with 35 points, just three points behind championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne. 

“I’m incredibly pleased for Max, and for the team to be in a championship-leading position,” says Sims. “I had good pace in the practice sessions but there was not much I could do given the track circumstances during the first group qualifying session. I enjoyed the opening laps of the race, which made for good and hard racing in the midfield, typical of Formula E. I then made slight contact with the wall, but the damage to the car was so severe I had to retire from the race. The result is obviously disappointing, especially considering the car is quick and competitive, but we stay positive and look ahead to the next race and aim for a better qualifying and more competitive result.”

Sims next races in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on 15 February 2020 in Mexico City.

Alexander Sims

About Alexander Sims

The 32-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.

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