Alexander Sims leads BMW 1-2 a

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Alexander Sims leads BMW 1-2 at Diriyah E-Prix

BMW got one over on its major rival manufacturers, taking the 1-2 with Alexander Sims and Max Guenther in Saturday’s Diriyah E-Prix.

Alexander Sims leads BMW 1-2 a

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Alexander Sims and Max Guenther clinched the 1-2 for BMW i Andretti in Saturday’s Diriyah E-Prix, a race that ended with several drivers under investigation.

Sims started the second part of the season-opening double-header from pole position but, unlike on Friday, this time around he held it through to the chequered flag.

Guenther was second ahead of Lucas di Grassi.

Two from two in qualifying for Alexander Sims

It’s official: Alexander Sims is without a doubt the fastest man in a Formula E car around the 2.4km Diriyah street circuit.

He grabbed pole position for Friday’s opening E-Prix and did so again on Saturday.

Topping his Group to progress to Super Pole, such was the BMW Andretti driver’s pace on his hot lap that even a mistake at Turn 17 didn’t allow his five Super Pole rivals to take P1 off him.

Sim clocked a 1:11.467 to beat Sebastien Buemi by 0.220s. Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans made up the second row of the grid while Race 1 winner, Sam Bird, was P7.

Sims wins from lights to flag

Sims led off the line, keeping Buemi and Antonio Felix da Costa at bay while di Grassi dropped to fourth.

Buemi’s hopes of a podium were undone when he was tagged by de Costa, resulting in the e.dams Nissan driver falling down the order.

There was more drama as Bird, who had worked his way up to fifth place, fell out of the race before his team-mate, Robin Frinjs, spun and retired with his Virgin Audi in the wall.

Heading into the final minute, plus one lap, Sims maintained his lead while Max Guenther, racing for BMW, had quietly worked his way up to second.

He tried to attack his team-mate for the lead but fell short while di Grassi joined them on the podium.

It was a double podium for BMW ahead of Audi.

There was some confusion at the finish line as several drivers did not appear to adhered to the Safety Car rules with the second restart following Frinjs’ DNF.

Not only were marshals still on the track when the race was green-lighted but drivers bolted before the control line.

Stoffel Vandoorne , who was fourth to his team-mate’s P7, was under investigation. It was a fantastic recovery drive from Nyck de Vries who had started P24.

Reigning Formula E champ Jean-Eric Vergne started last on the grid due to a battery penalty and finished P11.

Diriyah E-Prix result

1 Alexander Sims – BMW i Andretti Motorsport
2 Maximilian Guenther – BMW i Andretti Motorsport – 1.383
3 Lucas di Grassi – Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler – 2.817
4 Stoffel Vandoorne – Mercedes-Benz EQ – 3.581
5 Edoardo Mortara – Venturi Racing – 4.294
6 Oliver Rowland – Nissan e.dams – 5.475
7 Nyck de Vries – Mercedes-Benz EQ – 7.318
8 Oliver Turvey – NIO 333 – 16.544
9 Daniel Abt – Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler – 16.942
10 James Calado – Panasonic Jaguar Racing – 17.221
11 Jean-Eric Vergne – DS Techeetah – 19.394
12 Brendon Hartley – GEOX Dragon – 20.702
13 Antonio Felix da Costa – DS Techeetah – 22.634
14 Sebastien Buemi – Nissan e.dams – 26.291
15 Andre Lotterer – Tag-Heuer Porsche – 29.046
16 Neel Jani – Tag-Heuer Porsche – 27.493
17 Pascal Wehrlein – Mahindra Racing – 35.290
18 Mitch Evans – Panasonic Jaguar Racing – 37.105
19 Felipe Massa – Venturi Racing – 45.758
20 Ma Qing Hua – NIO 333 – 40.165
21 Nico Muller – GEOX Dragon – DNF
22 Robin Frijns – Envision Virgin Racing – DNF
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio – Mahindra Racing – DNF
24 Sam Bird – Envision Virgin Racing – DNF