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Alexander Sims in a points for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Santiago – António Félix da Costa forced to retire.

Munich. Alexander Sims (GBR) gave another impressive
opening in turn 3 of a ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Seventh place in a Santiago E-Prix (CHI) warranted him valuable
points in a Drivers’ Championship. Sims indeed crossed the
finish line third in a #27 BMW iFE.18, however, was given a time
chastisement for a collision with Edoardo Mortara (SUI) that saw him
relegated to seventh place in a final classification. António
Félix da Costa (POR) did not finish. BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team
wore black ribbons, in memory of Charly Lamm.

 

Sims started a third Formula E competition of his career from eighth place
and, in prohibited conditions, gradually worked his approach by a field
until he came opposite third-placed Mortara. During their conflict for
position Mortara spun, permitting Sims to pass him and take third place.
He was subsequently given a time chastisement for a incident.

 

Like his associate competitors, Félix da Costa struggled with a very
sleazy lane in organisation one of qualifying. As a result, he started the
competition down in 17th place. He was concerned in a collision
with André Lotterer (GER) and Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA) in a packed
midfield, during that his BMW iFE.18 suffered a puncture. Félix da
Costa found himself during a behind of a margin with no wish of
recuperating after a array stop, and subsequently returned a severely
shop-worn automobile to a garage, bringing his competition to a beforehand end.
Victory in Santiago de Chile went to Sam Bird (GBR).

 

Reactions to a Santiago E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“The lane here in Santiago total some sparkling racing; it was just
unsatisfactory we couldn’t finish on a podium. We knew that a key
aspect was going to be removing a hold on a temperatures during all
sessions. To be honest, it was a unsatisfactory subordinate outcome with
Alexander in eighth and António in 18th though a competition is what counts
and we got off to a good start. António unfortunately had strike with
another car, ensuing in a punctured tyre and a shop-worn car.
Alexander was creation unequivocally good swell by a field, and when
a mottled dwindle dropped  we crossed a line in third place. It was
a good outcome for Alexander and a organisation was behind adult on a podium,
though post-race penalties forsaken Sims behind down to seventh place. We as
a organisation honour a preference of a stewards. We will pierce on to the
competition in Mexico City.”

 

Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, subordinate result:
9th place, competition result: 7th place, FANBOOST
voting: 14th place, points: 18)

“Firstly, appreciate we really most to a team, who did an superb job
of assisting me to conduct a automobile during this really tough race. we think
all went superbly. Unfortunately, we afterwards had a occurrence with
Edoardo Mortara. To be ideally honest, we did not feel any contact,
though we trust a review of a competition stewards and accept the
penalty. Despite that, we will take a lot of positives from Santiago
and am now focussing on a subsequent race.”

 

António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, subordinate result:
18th place, competition result: DNF, FANBOOST voting:
5th place, points: 28):

“All a drivers in a initial subordinate organisation had to start from the
really behind as a lane was distant slower during that indicate than it was for
a after groups. Despite that, we was still confident about a race
and was means to stand a few positions after a good start.
Unfortunately, we afterwards had a collision. we was strike from behind and
suffered a puncture as a result. We attempted to continue after a pit
stop though a repairs to a automobile was eventually so serious that we had to
retire, that is apparently disappointing.”

 

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”.