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Sims retained as BMW completes Formula E line-up

Sims retained as BMW completes Formula E line-up
By Motorsport.com

09/10/2019 at 14:36Updated 09/10/2019 at 15:02

Alexander Sims will continue to race for BMW Andretti in Formula E after the manufacturer opted to keep its long-time factory driver in its works team for the 2019/20 season.Sims made his FE debut with BMW last season and showed good pace, but his involvement in several incidents meant he only finished 13th in the drivers’ championship - seven places and 42 points behind teammate Antonio Felix da

Alexander Sims will continue to race for BMW Andretti in Formula E after the manufacturer opted to keep its long-time factory driver in its works team for the 2019/20 season.

Sims made his FE debut with BMW last season and showed good pace, but his involvement in several incidents meant he only finished 13th in the drivers’ championship - seven places and 42 points behind teammate Antonio Felix da Costa.

The British driver's position in BMW’s FE squad remained uncertain over the summer as Sims confirmed he did not know if he would be re-signed for 2019/20 and the team was committed to reviewing its driver line-up even before da Costa left to join DS Techeetah.

“I learned so much in my rookie year; there were fantastic highs and some lows to overcome and I’m determined to utilise this knowledge and start where I left off, continuing to build from there,” said Sims.

“The competition is set to be tough this season with the other drivers, but I’ve got to grips with the unique challenges of Formula E and I’m ready to turn that experience into good results.”  

BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said Sims had “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,” Marquardt added.

With da Costa gone, Sims will partner Maximilian Gunther, who joined BMW last month.

Sims added he is “looking forward to working with Max, who did a good job last season and will be an asset to the team”.

Confirmed 2019/20 FE line-up:

Nissan e.dams  Sebastien Buemi  Oliver Rowland
Audi  Lucas di Grassi  Daniel Abt
Mahindra  Jerome d'Ambrosio  Pascal Wehrlein
Envision Virgin Racing  Sam Bird  Robin Frijns
DS Techeetah  Jean-Eric Vergne  Antonio Felix da Costa
Dragon  Brendon Hartley  Nico Muller
Jaguar  Mitch Evans  James Calado
NIO TBA TBA
Venturi  Felipe Massa  Edoardo Mortara
BMW Andretti  Maximilian Gunther  Alexander Sims
Mercedes  Stoffel Vandoorne  Nyck de Vries
Porsche  Andre Lotterer  Neel Jani
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