BMW Andretti driver Alexander Sims was left bemused by his post-race penalty at the Santiago ePrix which denied him a first-ever Formula E podium.
The Briton was on course to take the final podium place in Chile, but he was judged to have made contact in an earlier battle with Edoardo Mortara, an incident which sent the Venturi driver spinning.
Sims received a post-race time penalty which dropped him to seventh place, handing the final podium place to Daniel Abt. Mortara eventually finished the race in fourth.
Speaking immediately after the race, he expressed his surprise at being handed the penalty for his part in the alleged collision.
“I went to the stewards because I was genuinely interested to understand why they think that I hit Mortara and I’m honestly not convinced. I felt absolutely nothing from my side,” said Sims.
“I’m really interested to hear Edoardo’s thoughts on it because I was surprised that he spun, but when you saw the tarmac ripping up more and more in some of the corners – and the chicane was one of them – I started to think that maybe he was just unfortunate.”
Afterwards he said that he accepted the stewards’ decision and was turning his attention to the next event in Mexico.
“I trust the investigation of the race stewards and accept the penalty. Despite that, I will take a lot of positives from Santiago and am now focusing on the next race.”
Santiago is the second race in a row where a likely podium has evaded Sims. A clash with team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa in Marrakesh bumped him out of podium contention, whilst this post-race penalty means his search for a first FE podium goes on.
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