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Sims Gets Second Season with BMW

BMW i Andretti Motorsport confirms Alexander Sims for a second Formula E season…

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Alexander Sims will undertake a second ABB FIA Formula E Championship season after being announced as partner to Maximilian Guenther at BMW i Andretti Motorsport on Wednesday.

Sims placed 13th in the 2018-19 season scoring 57 points, including a runner-up position in the New York City finale which was also the venue of his first pole position in the category.

The 31-year-old has been a BMW factory driver since 2015 and first tested a Formula E car in 2016.

Sims has tested throughout the summer but has gone through an extended period of negotiation with BMW regarding the continuation of his Formula E program.

Sims also tested briefly late last month at Miramas but left early for personal reasons. Bruno Spengler and Joel Eriksson attended that test along with new signing Guenther.

Shortly after this, e-racing365 understands that a deal was agreed for Sims to complete the 2019-20 BMW i Andretti Motorsport squad.

“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 director Jens Marquardt believes that Sims’ noted poor luck in races last season will inform his experience and make him a stronger prospect for the team heading into the new season.

“We have an exciting driver duo for our second Formula E season,” said Marquardt.

“Alexander Sims 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.”

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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