FE: Alex Sims signs for Mahindra in place of D’Ambrosio

Formula E race winner Alex Sims has been signed by Mahindra for Formula E’s seventh season. 

Sims’ seat at BMW-i Andretti was in danger coming out of Berlin despite a very strong start to the season with two pole positions and a win.

He had been outclassed by Max Gunther in Berlin who took a win whereas Sims was always on the fringes of points.

“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.” said Sims in a statement this morning.

“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.

“I want to thank BMW i Andretti Motorsport for all its support during the past two seasons and wish the team well for the future. It’s been a huge learning curve coming into Formula E – it’s such a different discipline in motorsport and brings with it great new challenges. I’m excited to continue learning and to use my knowledge to support Mahindra Racing in the upcoming seasons.”

Sims is going in place of Jerome D’Ambrosio who has driven for Mahindra since Season 5 taking a debut podium in Diriyah and a win in Marrakech after Sims and then teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa came to blows.

The team thanked the Belgian for his commitment to the team and wish him well for the future.

Team boss Dilbagh Gill said: “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.

“At the same time, 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.”