British driver Alexander Sims leaves BMW i Andretti Motorsport to join Mahindra Racing for the 2020/2021 season.
Sims will be replacing Belgian Jerome D’Ambrosio, who, after two seasons as a Mahindra Racing driver, will not continue with the team into Season 7.
“I’m delighted to be joining Mahindra Racing and continuing my Formula E campaign. It is an exciting opportunity to bring on the team’s package and challenge for strong results. Promoting sustainability and electric mobility is important to me personally and competing in Formula E provides a strong, innovative, and forward-looking platform to raise awareness,” Sims said.
The 32-year-old debuted in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a works driver with BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Season 5, partnering reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa.
During his first campaign in the all-electric series, the Brit clinch the pole position at the New York City E-Prix, also adding a podium to his name with a second-place finish on Sunday in the city that never sleeps.
Sims went on score a total of 57 points, finishing 13th in the driver´s standings of the 2018/19 season.
He remained with BMW i Andretti Motorsport for a second season this time around joining forces with German driver Maximilian Guenther.
Former teammate da Costa decided to continue his career in Formula E with DS Techeetah for the 2019/2020 season.
The Brit enjoyed a strong start of Season 6 securing both pole positions in a doubleheader event in Saudi Arabia, winning the second race in Diriyah, which also marked his maiden win the series.
After the intense showdown in Berlin, he ended his campaign in 13th place, scoring 49 points.
Sims dedicated some words for the team that welcomed him with open arms in Formula E.
“I would like to thank every single member of BMW i Andretti Motorsport for their hard work and belief in me over the last two seasons of Formula E. The working relationships have turned into friendships and I value that enormously. The BMW family brought me into the professional motorsport world and has enabled me to go on an incredible journey that I am truly thankful for.”
A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS WITH MAHINDRA RACING
“I’m thrilled on behalf of the whole team to welcome Alexander. I’m extremely excited about working with him and the prospect of what we can achieve together is motivating. In Alexander we have a proven racing talent plus someone that embodies what Mahindra Racing stands for with his personal principles in the areas of electrification and sustainability. He is an intellectual driver, a very nice guy and a team player; I’m enthused about what Season 7 will bring and look forward to announcing Alexander’s team-mate in due course,” said Dilbagh Gill, CEO & Team Principal Mahindra Racing.
Who will partner Alexander Sims to contest the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is yet to be announced.
Due to his solid performances during the 2019/2020 nine-day six-race season grand finale held in Berlin, many are beating on British driver Alexander Lynn, to securing a race seat alongside Sims.
Lynn came in to replace Pascal Wehrlein – who had left the team early in June, during Season 6 showdown. Wehrlein will partner Andre Lotterer with TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team into Season 7.
Season 7 will mark the start of a new chapter to the series, as the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has recognized the electric single-seater racing series with the world championship status.
“I would like to pay tribute to Jerome, who leaves us after two years with the team. We have had some great moments together and I wish him all the very best as he moves on to new endeavours. He is a class act and I look forward to seeing what he does next,” Dilbagh Gill added.
“I’m excited to continue learning and to use my knowledge to support Mahindra Racing in the upcoming season,” Sims concluded.
Images courtesy of Mahindra Racing.