Alexander Sims (racing driver)

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Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims.JPG
Sims in 2009.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 26)
London (United Kingdom)
2014 GP3 Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Carlin
Car no. 9
Former teams Status Grand Prix
Starts 22
Wins 2
Poles 0
Fastest laps 3
Best champ.
finish
6th in 2011
Previous series
2012-13
2009-10, 12
2008
2008
2008
200708
2007
2007
200607
FIA European F3 Champioship
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula BMW Pacific
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault 2.0 France
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FRUK 2.0 Winter Series
Awards
2008 McLaren Autosport Award

Alexander Sims (born 15 March 1988 in London) is a British racing driver. He currently resides in Wansford. Sims is currently racing in GP3 Series with Status Grand Prix. He was the winner of the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising young British drivers. He wears an Ayrton Senna inspired helmet with yellow and a blue and a green stripe.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Sims' kart racing career started in 1998 when he started competing in club competitions. In 2000, Sims had a successful campaign, he won the Super 1 MSA Cadet Championship, the Kartmasters Grand Prix, the 5 Nations Cup and came second in the Champions of The Future British Cadet Championship. Sims latterly added the JICA British Championship, the Monaco Kart Cup, three British Grands Prix and the Formula A World Championship, before moving into single-seaters in 2006.

Formula Renault[edit]

Having started his car racing career in late 2006, Sims scored a second place in his first ever car race in the Formula Renault UK 2.0 Winter Series, before finishing ninth in the championship standings. In 2007, Sims raced in the main series with Manor Competition. He finished eighth overall, after taking one win at Donington Park, and second places at Brands Hatch and Thruxton. He also forayed into the French and Northern European Cup championships during the season and added his first pole position in the category, at Val de Vienne during the French championship. Sims also contested the 2007 UK Winter Series, but failed to finish in three of the four races.

Sims remained with Manor Competition in Formula Renault UK for 2008, and challenged for the championship. Finishing every race, Sims actually scored the most points over the course of the championship, with 473. However, Formula Renault UK employs a points system that means that a driver must drop their two worst scores over the season. Unfortunately for Sims, his worst scores were a pair of ninths worth 24 points, and Adam Christodoulou, his main championship rival dropped two retirements. Thus, a 24-point swing resulted in Christodoulou turning a one-point deficit into a 23-point championship win. He also contested the final round of the Formula BMW Pacific in Macau, finishing sixth with fastest lap. In December 2008, Sims won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Formula Three[edit]

Sims competing at the second round of the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim.

At the 2008 Autosport Awards ceremony, Sims announced his plans to race with German team Mücke Motorsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[1] In a season dominated by Jules Bianchi, Sims took fourth place in the championship, with a win at the Nürburgring and four second places. He also took part in two rounds of the International Formula Master series, with two fourth places at the Hungaroring being his best results. For 2010, Sims will move to ART Grand Prix.[2]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Cup Manor Competition 4 0 0 1 1 52 9th
2007 British Formula Renault 2.0 Manor Competition 20 1 0 1 3 272 8th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2 0 0 0 0 16 37th
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Cup 4 0 0 0 0 20 19th
French Formula Renault 2.0 Pole Services 9 0 1 0 0 19 15th
Manor Competition
2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 Manor Competition 20 2 1 3 12 449 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup SG Formula 2 0 0 0 0 7 19th
Formula BMW Pacific Team Meritus 1 0 0 1 0 0 NC†
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 20 1 1 2 5 54 4th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
International Formula Master T.S.P. 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix City of Dreams/Räikkönen Robertson 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2010 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 18 1 0 0 5 63 4th
British Formula Three 6 1 0 1 2 N/A NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd
Auto GP Charouz-Gravity Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 25th
Macau Grand Prix Räikkönen Robertson Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2011 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 16 1 0 2 5 34 6th
British Formula Three Motopark 3 1 0 0 1 17 18th
Macau Grand Prix TOM'S 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2012 European Le Mans Series Status Grand Prix 2 0 0 0 1 15 10th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Formula 3 Euro Series ThreeBond with T-Sport 3 1 0 2 1 N/A NC†
FIA European Formula 3 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 15th
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship ThreeBond with T-Sport 12 0 0 1 5 112 10th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 2 0 0 0 1 77 8th
Carlin 6 1 0 1 2

† – As Sims was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2009 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308/005 Mercedes HOC
1

17
HOC
2

8
LAU
1

Ret
LAU
2

22
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

16
ZAN
1

13
ZAN
2

9
OSC
1

5
OSC
2

4
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

1
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

2
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

2
DIJ
1

8
DIJ
2

4
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

14
4th 54
2010 ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/048 Mercedes LEC
1

3
LEC
2

1
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

8
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

5
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

4
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

3
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

5
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

8
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

8
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

5
4th 63

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2011 Status Grand Prix TUR
FEA

8
TUR
SPR

1
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

12
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

DSQ
HUN
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

21†
ITA
SPR

Ret
6th 34
2013 Status Grand Prix ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

VAL
FEA

VAL
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

8th 77
Carlin BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

1
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

6
ABU
FEA

2
ABU
SPR

7

* Season in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans Results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 Republic of Ireland Status Grand Prix Netherlands Yelmer Buurman
France Romain Iannetta
Lola B12/80-Judd LMP2 239 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Ben (2008-12-08). "Sims to graduate to Euro Series". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (2009-12-10). "Pit & Paddock: Sims targets glory with ART". Autosport (Haymarket Publications) 198 (11): p. 22. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Stefan Wilson
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2008
Succeeded by
Dean Smith