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BMW Reflecting on Sims’ Run of Incidents

BMW working to understand cause of Alexander Sims’ run of incidents in last few races…

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BMW i Andretti Motorsport team principal Roger Griffiths says that the team is working to get “to the root cause” of Alexander Sims’ recent succession of on-track incidents.

Sims’ crash-affected Monaco E-Prix saw him penalized for causing the incident that saw Lucas di Grassi retire from the race at the half-distance mark.

However, new footage emerged earlier this week which strongly suggested that the accident was in fact caused by Sam Bird tagging back of Sims’ BMW iFE.18.

Whatever the outcome of any retrospective action that could be sought by BMW, Sims has six non-points scoring races to his name due to a variety of incidents.

“We talk about [the incidents] all the time. We try to get to the root cause of why these things happen,” Griffiths told e-racing365.

“Was it something unavoidable, was it something avoidable? We always reflect on what happens and we try and understand if there is a pattern, etc.

“Alexander brings a great deal, a lot of what you don’t really see from the outside. He’s a very accomplished driver who is just having a lot of really tough luck at the moment.”

Sims was the innocent victim in some of these clashes which have compromized the German manufacturer’s points haul and seen it slip from second in the teams’ points table to sixth.

The Brit’s run of incidents stretches from the second race of the season at Marrakesh when he and teammate Antonio Felix da Costa collided while running 1-2.

At the next round in Santiago he was penalized for hitting Edoardo Mortara’s Venturi, while in the following race at Mexico City his race was compromized by being an innocent victim of Nelson Piquet Jr. and Jean-Eric Vergne’s accident.

Sims retired from both the Hong Kong and Sanya rounds; the first through several contacts with the wall and the second after being squeezed by Andre Lotterer’s DS Techeetah.

Although he finished the Rome E-Prix, his race was hampered by an early incident in the slippery conditions, while in Paris he was taken out by a wayward Oliver Rowland.

Sims Stoic About Tough Run

Sims said that the disproportionate amount of accidents, which have been a combination of misjudgement from others and occasional errors on his own part, are not being dwelt upon.

“I’ve just got to reflect on things and learn from any mistakes which I have done,” Sims told e-racing365.

“The scenarios that have gone wrong and been outside of my control have been difficult to take but easy to move on from because you can’t afford to dwell on it for long.

“There has always been something stopping us from getting something that we deserve but this is a trait of Formula E because it is a really tough championship.”

Sims has now slipped to 16th in the drivers’ standings with just two points scores in Morocco and Chile.

But in addition to the on-track incidents, technical issues have also occurred at crucial times this season.

“When I have had some good races there has been issue sometimes too,” Sims explained.

“When you boil down the personal mistakes you can count them on one hand which coming in to my first season I would have been comfortable with as a rookie.

“But it is difficult to take when things go right for me, but then something beyond my control comes along and it means we can’t get a result. I’ve just got to keep on fighting which I’ve done throughout my career.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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