BMW driver Alexander Sims claimed his first-ever Formula E win in Diriyah in Saudi Arabia.
BMW driver Alexander Sims
2019-2020 season starts in much the same way as last year. When in the first eight Formula E races of last season, there were eight different winners.
Starting on pole for the third race in a row, Sims led the way from start to finish. The British driver used the ‘Attack mode’ mentality throughout the race helping him overcome the distractions of multiple safety cars deployed.
The race was incident-packed, with crashes from left to right, Sims finished 1.383 seconds ahead of BMW teammate Maximilian Günther in second, while Lucas di Grassi came third.
Later on Saturday, Günther lost his place at the podium after the FIA ruled that he breached regulations. This was for overtaking de Grassi while the safety car is out.
Günther was handed a 24 second time penalty, while Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne moved up to the podium for third.
Sims’ victory pushed him on top of the Formula E standings with 36 points after the two races, while Vandoorne jumps up to second.
Sims said on the podium,
That was pretty much a dream race, from what I could see anyway.
We seemed to execute everything really, really well. Right decisions at the right times. Energy consumption was good. It all went smoothly today.