Sims accepts penalty after FIA protest


Alexander Sims accepts his penalty that he received after a collision with Edoardo Mortara that took the BMW driver off the podium. 

BMW protested the decision after the race, but the FIA provided photos to Sims that showed that there was contact, meaning there was no reason to overturn the decision.

After coming through the field,  Sims locked into battle with Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara, who was running in third. As the duo went into the tight chicane in Turns 8/9/10, Mortara spun and fell down the order.

Sims claimed the position and powered on to cross the finish line third. However, he was subsequently given a time penalty for the incident that relegated him to seventh in the final classification.

“Obviously the penalty was the overriding focus at the end of the race, which is a shame because it came so late. We were very close, but I didn’t feel there was contact,” said Sims. “However, I trust the investigation of the race stewards and accept the penalty. We still take a lot of positives from the race.”

“It’s a shame to lose another podium under such circumstances but we accept it and move on,” Sims adds. “Generally, our race performance was good. To be three races into my first Formula E season and in a position where I should have had two podiums – and potentially even a win – is a good footing. I think we can pull together, build on this and try very hard in Mexico to bring home the good result that I feel we deserve.”

Sims praised the job the team did to ensure his car was competitive in the race after an ordinary qualifying session.

“The team did an excellent job of helping me to manage the car during this very tough race,” says Sims. “On track, it was a good weekend. Qualifying was sensible and we started from a reasonable position. I think if I’d executed a cleaner lap, we had the pace to be in the Super Pole qualifying session. 

“The race went well – we had the opportunity to fight for position and have some good battles. I think we made good use of Attack Mode, learning a lot in the process of how best to use it and how to be competitive when racing against others who have that advantage.

“The team did a brilliant job of managing the challenges we had with the battery in the hot ambient temperatures, and generally, we did great to come through to third on track.” 

Sims next heads to Mexico City, Mexico, for Round 4 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, held on 16 February 2019.

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