Formula E

Guenther set for BMW Formula E stay, Sims’ future uncertain

Jul 23 2020
By Sam Smith

BMW Andretti has agreed a new Formula E deal with its Santiago E-Prix winner Maximilian Guenther, while his team-mate Alexander Sims’ future remains uncertain with a move away from the team possible.

Lying fourth in the points’ standings, Guenther is set to be formally announced for a second term with the team after the six Berlin races conclude the current championship in August.

Guenther has been one of the stars of the current season, after stepping up from the Dragon team to replace Antonio Felix da Costa for 2019-20.

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It took three races for Guenther to score a first series win with BMW Andretti, taking victory in Santiago, and a second-place to Techeetah driver da Costa in Marrakech means Guenther is fourth in the standings.

Sims is third, ahead of Guenther in the standings, and scored a victory in the season opener in Saudi Arabia, which kicked off his second full-season in the category.

However,  it is believed to be likely that Sims will move to another team.

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Should that happen, BMW may look to re-house one or more of its DTM drivers, with that series facing an uncertain future following the withdrawal of Audi, which has left BMW as the only manufacturer confirmed for 2021.

Out of BMW’s current drivers, Marco Wittmann and Lucas Auer have taken part in Formula E rookie tests at Marrakesh in 2019 and 2020 respectively, while Robert Kubica briefly tried a Formula E car in 2017 at Donington Park.

Timo Glock has not yet tested a Formula E car and has shown little inclination to do so over recent years. Philipp Eng is believed to have had a brief run only.

A BMW Andretti spokesperson told The Race that it will not disclose any of its future driver plans until after the final races of the present season in Berlin.

The spokesperson said: “We are fully focused on the season finale in Berlin and won’t comment on any contractual topics until the end of the 2020 motorsport season.”

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