Sims admits FE future ‘out of my hands’ despite strong end to rookie season
Alexander Sims says he’s received no indication yet as to whether his BMW Formula E contract will be extended but acknowledges that his eye-catching New York performance was well-timed following a tricky debut season.
After a number of big points-scoring opportunities slipped away in earlier rounds, Sims had to wait until the final race of the season to secure his maiden FE podium despite team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa emerging as a regular frontrunner this season.
Despite his strong end to the season, Sims admits he’s unsure as to whether he’s done enough to stay with the team for a second season.
“There’s nothing agreed at all, but it’s obviously nice when you haven’t got a contract in place, to have results like this at [this late stage] in the season. Better late than never,” said Sims.
“If you’d have told me before the weekend that I’d have a pole position and a fourth and second place in the races, I’d have bitten your hand off, so it’s a good time for it to happen.”
After spending last season as test and development driver for the BMW-backed Andretti team, Sims was promoted to a race seat this season when BMW completed its takeover of the team.
Having held a long-term association with the German manufacturer in sportscar racing, Sims says his number one aim is to be back on the Formula E grid next year to finish the job he’s started.
“Yeah, it’d be a shame to not be able to continue next year. There have been so many lessons learned, so it would be nice to capitalise on that and try again to see how well we could,” said Sims.
“Discussions need to take place. It’s completely out of my hands at the moment, so we’ll wait and see. I have no indication.”
Asked about his upturn in form at the Brooklyn Street Circuit, Sims commented that he was unable to pinpoint one particular reason as to why he’d performed so well but suggested that being familiar with the track appeared to have had an impact on his qualifying for race two.
“Honestly, absolutely nothing I can put my finger on. We’ve been competitive at lots of races, but I’d say, with it being the second day, I was able to nail qualifying laps better than previously,” said Sims.
“I’ve got to be honest both my qualifying and superpole laps were pretty spot on, whereas usually, you can normally say you’ve dropped some time here or there. That was a help, coming here for a second day and having experience of the circuit.”
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