Alexander Sims will join Antonio Felix Da Costa at BMW Andretti in the 2018/19 season.
The German manufacturer also revealed the look of its Gen2 iFE.18 at the BMW Welt exhibition centre in Munich on Friday. BMW has made the Andretti FE entry its full works programme in the electric championship for the upcoming season after entering into a technical partnership with the team for the 2017/18 campaign.
“We’ve got a really good package, the combination between BMW and Andretti – we’ve been working really well the last two years, building up to this moment and I couldn’t ask for a better team-mate than da Costa, said Sims.
“We’ve known each other for quite a few years now and had the pleasure of working together in BMW racecars before, so to continue that relationship is going to be good fun,” he added.
“[My] expectations of the year ahead, honestly, as a rookie going into such a difficult and high-level race series I’m optimistic obviously but honestly I understand the challenges ahead.
“I’ve got very little experience compared to some of the guys that have been in since day one and so there’s going to be a lot of learning ahead, but I’m thoroughly looking forward to it and trying to get on top of things in the difficult world of Formula E.”
With Da Costa starting his third season with the Andretti outfit, he has been rewarded with becoming an official BMW factory driver.
BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt outlined the manufacturer’s expectations for the first year of its FE programme.
“The goals are pretty clear, we’re here, we’re racers, we want to be successful,” he said.
“We want to get that beautiful car to the podium, maybe to a first win in the maiden season but at the same time, we have to be humble.
“It’s a very tight and competitive championship – we are newcomers still, even if we have teamed up with a lot of experience.
“But it’s going to be an exciting year for all of us and we’re definitely looking forward.”