SIMS RETAINS TOP FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION AT NORISRING Alexander Sims remains in fourth position in the 2010 Formula 3 Euroseries standings following the seventh and eighth rounds of the season at Germany's Norisring over the weekend, 3rd/4th...
SIMS RETAINS TOP FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION AT NORISRING
Alexander Sims remains in fourth position in the 2010 Formula 3 Euroseries standings following the seventh and eighth rounds of the season at Germany's Norisring over the weekend, 3rd/4th July.
Seemingly on course for victory, or a podium at least, during the second race on Sunday, Alexander wasn't able to hold on to the lead he had taken so well early on and slipped to fourth. His cause wasn't helped by light contact from points leader Edoardo Mortara just after mid-distance, forcing the MSA Team UK racer wide, but even so the pace to challenge for race victory wasn't quite there.
Lining up in fifth position on the 'reverse grid', the 22-year-old made an excellent start and quickly worked his way through into second place. On lap four he took the lead and proceeded to carve out an advantage of around two seconds but as the race reached the halfway point, his ART Grand Prix team-mate Valtteri Bottas started to close in.
On lap 21, Alexander dropped to second but was determined to stay in touch with Bottas. The small moment with Mortara on lap 25 though resulted in the slip out of the top three -- a frustrating end to the weekend for the Cambridgeshire driver.
"I made a very good start and got into second place pretty quickly before moving into the lead but as the race wore on, I just didn't have the pace to hold on", said a very candid Alexander regarding his race two performance, "I'm pretty disappointed overall as I just wasn't fast enough this weekend, we need to improve before the next two rounds at the Nurburgring that's for sure."
Qualifying on the second row of the grid for the first race, less than two 10ths of a second outside pole, the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner didn't have the most straightforward of mornings on Saturday either during round seven when he had to fight his way back into the top four.
Slipping to fifth place early on, Alexander battled back before a mid-race moment undid his progress again. Nonetheless managing to hold position, he slipped to fifth after a short Safety Car period but wouldn't be denied a top four placing at least and re-took the spot on the penultimate lap.
"In terms of lap times we were pretty quick in race one but I wasn't fast enough where it mattered for overtaking", he added, "I should have done a better job in qualifying and perhaps we went in a direction with the race set-up which wasn't quite as good as we'd hoped. Even so, the positive side of things is we still have half the season to run and we should be stronger at the upcoming tracks."
Rounds nine and 10 of the 2010 Formula 3 Euroseries will take place five weeks from now over the weekend 7th/8th August at the Nurburgring in Germany. Prior to this, Alexander is expected to make his second outing of the year in the British Formula 3 International Series during the championship's visit to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 30th/31st July.
2010 Formula 3 Euroseries Championship Standings (after Rds7&8): 1st Edoardo Mortara, 54pts; 4th Alexander Sims, 28pts