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“Thick Skin” Helped Sims to Land First E-Prix Victory

Alexander Sims’ difficult rookie season informed his success in Saudi Arabia last weekend…

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Diriyah E-Prix Saturday winner Alexander Sims says that dealing and moving on from some disappointing races last season has made him a tougher proposition in Formula E.

The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver took two pole positions and a maiden win in Saudi Arabia to establish an early lead in the points standings after two races.

The 31-year-old finished a lowly 13th last season after a campaign that included colliding with his then-teammate Antonio Felix da Costa while running 1-2 in Marrakesh and a run of six non-points scores from Santiago in January to Berlin in May.

“You’ve got to have pretty thick skin to compete here, and to accept the difficult moments, because crikey, some of them really do make you feel like a complete rookie sometimes,” Sims told e-racing365 after taking the win at Diriyah.

“It takes me back to Formula Renault days where you’re really learning the basics sometimes but you are up against these amazing drivers and teams instead.

“You’ve just got to keep calm, keep working hard.

“Thankfully, towards the end of last season, things started to click for me, and I guess that gave the team confidence that maybe there was more potential to still unlock and to keep me on for this season and be able to continue that journey is pretty awesome.”

Sims, however, gave caution to any notion that further success will come easily, suggesting that fluctuating fortunes during the season are likely.

“By no means does this mean we’ve now found a new level and we’re going to be competitive everywhere. Obviously I hope that we are, but I think we’re going to have to keep working hard,” he said.

“We will have some difficult moments ahead of us, but you have to remember these times when difficult things happen.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    November 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Glad to see it work out after that horrible season last year. The Rome umbrella thing was the highlight of last year XD

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