27 Sep 21
- FAN ZONE
BMW i Andretti Motorsport heads into its third campaign in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as a full manufacturer squad, with Max Guenther returning alongside new signing Jake Dennis in the cockpit.
BMW has been a mainstay of Formula E since the championship's inception. Alongside providing the entire fleet of safety and officials cars, the German car giant became a full manufacturer works team ahead of the 2018/19 season, when it partnered up with Andretti Autosport.
BMW provided the Andretti outfit with technical assistance during the 2017/18 season, where Antonio Felix da Costa secured the team's best result of a sixth-place finish in the first race of the season in Hong Kong. Despite the promising start, the team went on to finish last overall in the championship with just 24 points. Becoming a full manufacturer team ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team fielded Da Costa and newcomer Alex Sims behind the wheel of its Gen2 challenger, the BMW iFE.18.
The team and car made its debut appearance in pre-season testing in Valencia ahead of the opening race of the 2018/19 season with drivers Antonio de Felix Costa and Alexander Sims behind the wheel. Rounding off its first campaign as a works team with a fifth place finish, BMW signed former Dragon driver Max Guenther for the 2019/20 season while retaining Alex Sims for a second season.
Guenther pipped Sims in the Drivers' Championship, finishing ninth, with victories in Santiago and Round 8 at Tempelhof. The German's four non-finishes - including the loss of a podium in Berlin for overtaking under the safety car - ultimately hampered his outright finishing position. Sims, meanwhile, closed out the season, and his time with BMW, in 13th spot.
For Formula E's first season as an FIA World Championship, Jake Dennis joins Guenther, with BMW looking to end its current spell in Formula E on a high, and with World Championship silverware in-hand.
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