Sims scores a initial points of his Formula E career – Félix da Costa retires early in Marrakesh.

Posted on 13. Jan, 2019 by in BMW Canada

Munich. After feat in a season-opener, BMW i Andretti
Motorsport continued to put on a clever opening in a second
foe of a ABB FIA Formula E Championship – though though a reward
of a identical outcome this time. At a Marrakesh E-Prix, Alexander
Sims (GBR) finished fourth to measure a initial points of his Formula
E career, only blank out on a lectern in a stirring finale.
António Félix da Costa (POR) late after shifting into a tyre
wall after hit with Sims. Sims mislaid dual places though was means to
continue racing.

 

The dual BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers began a foe from fourth
and sixth places and both enjoyed glorious starts, fast relocating adult to
second and third positions. As a foe continued, Félix da Costa took
a lead, followed by Sims in second. The superb gait of a two
BMW iFE.18s authorised a twin to lift divided from a rest of a margin as
they headed for a podium. However, both drivers missed their braking
points as Sims attempted to pass only a few laps before a end.
Félix da Costa slid from a inside line into a tyre wall and had to
retire, while Sims was means to take shy movement before rejoining
a foe in fourth place. The BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car afterwards brought the
margin behind together. Sims continued to conflict for a lectern position
when a foe got underway again, with one path remaining, though was
incompetent to find his approach past a competition. Victory went to Jérôme
D’Ambrosio (BEL, Mahindra Racing).

 

Reactions to a Marrakesh E-Prix:

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“During a shutting proviso of a race, both BMW iFE.18s were in a
earnest position. Regrettably, we didn’t conduct to gain on our
good performance. There was hit between a drivers only before
a finish and António Félix da Costa then had to retire. Alexander
Sims was means to finish a foe in fourth place. We have analysed the
occurrence with both drivers and we will learn from this as a season
continues. We are all in agreement that an occurrence like this will not
start again.”

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“Unfortunately, that was a unsatisfactory finish to a really earnest day.
Our cars put on a clever opening during a conduct of a margin and were
really competitive. Our racing gait was intensely good and a one-two
outcome would have been possible. Regrettably, things didn’t spin out
that way. Of course, we are disappointed. We have discussed it as a
group and we are now looking ahead. We won together in Ad Diriyah. We
didn’t conduct to repeat that here in Marrakesh and we mislaid together as
a team. We will learn from that.”

 

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, subordinate result:
5th place, foe result: 4th place, FANBOOST
voting: 17th place, points: 12):

“Of course, it is a good contrition for a whole team. The foe should
not have finished like that. All of us – me, António and a group –
will learn a lessons from what happened. We are all good wakeful that
such incidents are unacceptable. It cost us a one-two outcome today.”

 

António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, subordinate result:
3rd place, foe result: DNF, FANBOOST voting:
2nd place, points: 28):

“I would like to apologize to a whole team. Alex did a good job
today. we hold my belligerent when he drew turn with me and my front wheels
sealed up. That was my mistake and it had disastrous consequences for me
and for Alex. we should have let him go past and been calm with
second place.”

 

The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of a ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 5. Spearheading a BMW i swift is a BMW i8
Coupé Safety Car, mutated with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; total appetite expenditure 14.0 kWh/100
km; total CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As good as a BMW
i8 Coupé, a BMW i swift also includes a BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; total appetite consumption: 14.3 kWh;
total CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and
a BMW 530e iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100
km; total appetite consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in the purpose as “Medical Car”.

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