FOURTH IN NEW YORK

17 July 2022, New York, USA

Round 11

– Alexander Sims: Qualifying – 6 / Race – 14 / Points – 0
– Oliver Rowland: Qualifying – 12 / Race – 13 / Points – 0

Round 12

– Alexander Sims: Qualifying – 2 / Race – 4 / Points – 12
– Oliver Rowland: Qualifying – 14 / Race – 14 / Points – 0

The #29 M8Electro of Alexander Sims finished in fourth place in the 12th round of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship following a front row qualifying and a 45-minute-long podium position battle. The result came in the second of two races in the Brooklyn area of the city and secured 12 points for Mahindra Racing.

On Saturday, in round 11 of the series, Sims started well when he qualified inside the highly competitive Duels knock-out battles. Exiting the competition after the quarter finals, the Brit started the first race from sixth. Team-mate Oliver Rowland qualified twelfth. The exciting race ended early after a red flag for a multi-car incident in the rain, leaving the pair unable to battle for a points position.

Sunday proved more fruitful for the team, when Sims qualified in third place in the Duels. A penalty for the pole-sitter then promoted #29 M8Electro powered by ZF to the front row, for what went on to be one of the most exhilarating races this season. Despite some impressive driving, the podium was just out of reach and the team celebrated fourth place. Oliver Rowland’s #30 M8Electro was tapped by a competitor early on and sent into a spin. He struggled to regain his positions and had to settle for 14th.

Season 8

– Mahindra Racing: 8th / 25 Points
– Oliver Rowland: 16th / 11 Points
– Alexander Sims: 15th / 14 Points

Season 8 stats

– Wins: 0
– Podiums: 0
– Pole Positions: 0
– Duel Appearances: 5
– Fastest Laps: 0

“Overall, I’m really pleased to bring home some good points for the team. It was the result we’ve been missing all year. To be able to hold our own at the front was fun and shows what we are capable of. We made some good tweaks from yesterday to hang on to the tyres and that was really the big difference in performance. That enabled us to get into the Duels, qualify well and made it much easier to control the race.”

#29 Alexander Sims

“I’ll be honest… I’m really not happy with my performance this weekend. Alex has shown what we are capable as a team and with the M8Electro, and my results are just not good enough. It’s important for me to acknowledge this so that I can go away, make improvements and come back to London much stronger.”

#30 Oliver Rowland

“It was a shame to so narrowly miss out on the podium today but I think we demonstrated what our package is capable of and we are getting the points that the team deserves after weeks of hard work. Alex drove extremely well to extract the most out of the car in qualifying and then he and his team drove a fast but smart race. It’s a great result which we need repeat this in London with both cars.”

Dilbagh Gill