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Alexander Sims
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
P.O.B. London, UK
Date of Birth 15 March 1988
Date of Death Unknown
Début Flag of Saudi Arabia 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Final Race Unknown
Championships 0
First Win
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Entries 13 (13 Starts)
Wins 0
Poles 1
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 57
Podiums 1
FanBoosts 0
Current Season
Team Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Number Standings Points
27 24th '

Alexander Sims (born 15 March 1988 in London, U.K.) is a British racing driver who competes in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for BMW i Andretti Motorsport.[1][2] A factory driver for the Bavarian car manufacturer's GT programme, Sims joined the BMW FE project ahead of their debut season in 2018/19 having helped develop their World Endurance Championship programme.[2]

Sims would have a mixed debut season, with a collision with teammate António Félix da Costa while fighting for the lead of the 2019 Marrakech E-Prix overshadowing his thirteenth place in the Championship.[3]

Background

Sims made his racing debut in karting at the age of ten, steadily rising through the ranks ahead of a move into car racing in 2006.[4] That year, Sims joined the Formula Renault UK 2.0 Winter Series in his native Britain, before moving to the full series for 2007.[4] After two seasons racing Sims ended the 2008 campaign as runner-up, earning him the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for 2008 and a seat in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[4]

Formula Dreams

Sims' step into F3 would be a strong one, with the Brit ending the 2009 season in fourth with a handful of podiums and a victory.[4] A near identical season followed in 2010, before Sims made the step to the GP3 Series for 2011, taking a single victory.[4] However, Sims was unable to secure a second season of GP3 in 2012, with the Brit ultimately getting one-time drives in F3, the European Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.[4]

GT Generation

Another bit-part season followed for Sims in 2013, with various appearances in F3, GP3 and the Blancpain Endurance Series.[4] The latter concept seemed to grab Sims for 2014, with the Brit joining the British GT Championship for the season, ending the year in third.[4] Another impressive campaign followed in 2015 with Sims just missing out on the title, while the Brit also enjoyed his best result at the Macau Grand Prix, finishing third.[4]

Those successes attracted the attentions of BMW to Sims' career, whom duly signed the Brit to join their various GT programmes for 2016.[5] He was subsequently placed in the BMW backed Rowe Racing team in the Blancpain GT Series, with other drives in F3 and British GT.[4] For 2017 Sims was placed in BMW's United Sports Car Championship team, as well as the development programme for the new BMW M6 GTE.[4]

Come the end of 2017 Sims would just miss out on his first major Championship title, finishing second in the USCC.[4] Regardless, BMW would re-sign the Brit for 2018, placing him in their USCC and World Endurance Championship teams, as well as securing the Brit a seat in their new Formula E team.[4]

Formula E History

Sims' first taste of a Formula E car came during in 2014, with the Brit having tested the Spark-Renault SRT_01E during its development phase.[2] That eventually developed into a reserve roll with Andretti Formula E during 2016/17, with Sims almost making his debut at the 2017 Monaco ePrix in place of Robin Frijns.[6] For 2017/18 Sims became the main development and reserve driver for Andretti, notably taking part in the 2017 Valencia Test, ahead of BMW arriving to take over the team in 2018/19.[5]

BMW Bounty

After a year of testing for Andretti and BMW, Sims was officially revealed as a race driver for their combined entry in 2018/19, joining António Félix da Costa.[2] A quiet start to the season saw Sims overshadowed by his more experienced teammate, failing to score as da Costa swept to victory in Ad Diriyah.[7] He would, however, prove far more competitive at the following Marrakech E-Prix, fighting for the lead with da Costa in the closing stages.[3]

Indeed, it was in the midst of that late battle that Sims' season was effectively defined, for the Brit threw a lunge at his teammate with a few minutes to go, only for the pair to contrive to hit each other.[3] The collision left da Costa in the wall and dumped Sims back to fourth, after the pair had established a small lead over the rest of the field.[3] Afterwards the BMW-Andretti team implemented new rules of engagement for the 2019 Santiago E-Prix onward, where Sims claimed seventh place.[8]

That proved to be Sims' last point score until the 2019 Berlin E-Prix, with a mix of poor fortune, collisions and poor qualifying performances costing Sims a title bid, with the Brit actively moving aside for teammate da Costa at several rounds including Monte Carlo.[9] Seventh in Berlin was followed by eleventh in Bern, before the Brit claimed fourth in 2019 New York City E-Prix I, having again moved aside for da Costa as the Portuguese ace tried in vain to fight for the crown.[10] Sims followed that up with his best performance of the season since Marrakech, claiming second place in the season ending New York City E-Prix II having claimed his first pole position.[11]

Come the end of the season Sims had scored 57 points and thirteenth in the Championship.[11]

Sim-son Two

Sims' position within the BMW-Andretti team was left at the conclusion of the 2018/19 season, as da Costa left the team to be replaced by German youth Maximilian Günther.[12] Sims would have to wait until the eve of the 2019 Valencia Test to officially be announced, becoming the team's de facto lead driver.[1]

Full Formula E Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Alexander Sims' career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E Entries

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Alexander Sims during their FE career:

Alexander Sims' Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2018/19 Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport[2] 27 BMW iFE.18 13th 57
2019/20 Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport[1] 27 BMW

Career Results

Below is a table showing Alexander Sims' full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2018/19 Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Hong Kong Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 13th 57
18th 4th 7th 14th Ret Ret 17th Ret 13th 7th 11th 4th 2nd
2019/20 Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Morocco Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of South Korea Flag of Indonesia Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 24th

References

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Sims to remain with BMW i Andretti Motorsport for 2019/20 campaign', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/10/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/october/sims-to-race-for-bmw-in-2019-20-season, (Accessed 09/10/2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 'BMW takes covers off season five challenger', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/09/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/september/bmw-takes-covers-off-season-five-challenger/, (Accessed 14/09/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Mahindra's d'Ambrosio made up with manic win in Marrakesh', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/race-report---2019-marrakesh, (Accessed 12/01/2019)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Placeholder
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Nine manufacturers homologated for Season 5', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/nine-season-5-powertrain-manufacturers-homologated/, (Accessed 22/03/2017)
  6. Sam Smith, 'Sims on standby for Frijns at Monaco', motorsport.com, (Motorsport, 08/05/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/sims-on-standby-for-frijns-at-monaco-903446/903446/, (Accessed 14/09/2018)
  7. 'Race Report: Da Costa - 'We did it baby, we're back!', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2018), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/december/race-report-saudi, (Accessed 15/12/2018)
  8. 'Bird storms to victory in sweltering Santiago showdown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/race-report-santiago-2019, (Accessed 27/01/2019)
  9. 'Di Grassi victorious in the battle for Berlin, home race victory for Audi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/race-report-berlin-2019, (Accessed 25/05/2019)
  10. 'Buemi wins in New York but disaster for Champ Vergne extends title challenge', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/race-report-nyc-2019, (Accessed 14/07/2019)
  11. 11.0 11.1 'Frijns wins while Vergne claims historic two-time Championship title in New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/race-report-nyc-2-2019, (Accessed 15/07/2019)
  12. 'BREAKING: Guenther secures BMW drive while Da Costa parts ways', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/09/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/september/guenther-joins-bmw-as-da-costa-parts-ways, (Accessed 09/09/2019)
2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONHWA RacelabMahindra RacingNIO Formula E TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraNIONissanPenskeVenturi
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE05BMW iFE.18DS E-Tense FE 19Jaguar I-Type IIIMahindra M5ElectroNIO Sport 004Nissan IM01Penske EV-3Venturi VFE 05
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr./Alex Lynn • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
E-Prix
Ad DiriyahMarrakechSantiagoMexico CityHong KongSanyaRomeParisMonacoBerlinBernNew York City INew York City II
Tests
ValenciaAd DiriyahRookie TestMexico City
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2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONMahindra RacingMercedes-Benz EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E TeamVenturi Racing
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE06BMW iFE.20DS E-Tense FE20Jaguar I-Type IVMahindra M6ElectroMercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01NIO FE-005Nissan IM02Penske EV-4Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Oliver Turvey • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Brendon Hartley • 7 Nico Müller • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 13 António Félix da Costa • 17 Nyck de Vries • 18 Neel Jani • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 Maximilian Günther • 33 Ma Qing Hua • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 51 James Calado • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein
E-Prix
Ad Diriyah IAd Diriyah IISantiagoMexico CityMarrakechSanyaRomeParisSeoulJakartaBerlinNew York CityLondon ILondon II
Tests
ValenciaRookie Test
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2018/19 Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
2018/19 Test/Reserve Drivers
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Former
Jaime AlguersuariMarco AndrettiNathanaël BerthonTom BlomqvistMatthew BrabhamAdam CarrollMichela CerrutiKarun ChandhokMike ConwaySalvador DuranLoïc DuvalMaro EngelLuca FilippiAlex FontanaAntonio GarciaPierre GaslyEsteban GutiérrezNick HeidfeldNeel JaniKamui KobayashiKatherine LeggeFabio LeimerVitantonio LiuzziAlex LynnFranck MontagnyCharles PicNicolas ProstRené RastStéphane SarrazinTakuma SatoBruno SennaOriol ServiàScott SpeedJarno TrulliJacques VilleneuveJustin WilsonSakon Yamamoto
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