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Sims Set for BMW Andretti Seat

Alexander Sims set to be announced as full-time Formula E driver at BMW i Andretti…

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Alexander Sims is set to join BMW i Andretti Motorsport in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, alongside Antonio Felix da Costa.

E-racing365 believes the British driver has been chosen as da Costa’s teammate in the new-look organization, which is set to be revealed at the team’s launch next week in Munich.

Multiple sources have indicated that Sims, who has driven Formula E cars since 2016 but yet to make a race start, will represent the new entrant as it transitions into a full factory team in Season Five.

The 30-year-old Englishman is believed to have conducted several tests with the team already, alongside fellow BMW factory driver Bruno Spengler.

Sims took part in last year’s Valencia pre-season test, although did not get the call to race the Andretti ATEC-03 in 2017-18, which initially went to Tom Blomqvist, who was replaced mid-season by Stephane Sarrazin.

It remains to be seen if Sims, a race-winner in GP3, will dovetail any other racing program with Formula E.

While currently driving for BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, next year’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona is set to clash with Formula E’s likely return to Santiago.

BMW, however, has yet to declare its driver lineup for the second half of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s ‘Super Season’, which does not have any clashing events with Formula E.

Da Costa is believed to be Sims’ teammate for what would be his fifth season in Formula E and third with Andretti, which will continue operating the team despite BMW’s manufacturer status.

The Portuguese driver has endured a difficult three seasons in the championship, with his only podium appearance being a win at Buenos Aires in 2015.

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

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    September 7, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Too bad, Sims was one of the top guys in the GTLM car and now he has to drive a golf cart instead. BMW/RLL needs to upgrade their card and driver line up if they’re going to complete with the other manufacturers in the class.

    • Chris

      September 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Alex Sims runs a company or charity. I’m not sure which, called Zero Carbon World. So I don’t think he would consider it being forced to drive golf karts. Far from it.

  2. Chris

    September 7, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Would be awesome to see Sims finally get given the chance to race in FE. He’s an EV fan and has been eyeing up the series for ages. I think he’ll do a great job.

    • Sam Smith

      September 8, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Yes he is a genuine EV enthusiast and has had electric road cars for well over five years now. He should be a great asset to the series.

  3. Old Trombone

    September 7, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Does this mean Chaz Mostert gets the RLL IMSA Drive ???

  4. Anon

    September 9, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Shame really, I was hoping for Joel Eriksson to partner Da Costa.

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