Alexander set out his intentions early in his car racing career by winning the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award in 2008. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength through Formula 3, GP3, LMP2 and has been an Official McLaren GT Driver since 2012. This year Alexander moves to the BMW GT Team after a very successful test against a number of other drivers, last year.
Alexander will be placed with teams racing BMW’s Z4 GT3 contender and has so far been confirmed for an attack on the Spa and Nurburgring 24-hour classics and selected VLN races.
Alexander competed in Karting for 8 years, winning numerous National and British Titles, The Monaco Kart Grand Prix, The Parma Industrials Championship and 3 British Grand Prix. Finishing his karting career with Pole at the World championships in 2006, Alexander then adjusted to Cars extremely quickly, finishing 2nd in his first ever race.
In 2008 Alexander finished the season 2nd in the championship with 2 wins and 12 podiums to his name. He then went on to win the highly prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of The Year Award and receive his prize of a test in the McLaren Formula 1 car.
In 2009 Alexander moved into the hugely competitive F3 Euro Series. Competing with Mücke motorsport, Alexander scored his maiden pole in round 3 along with his first Podium. Winning once and scoring 4 further podiums, Alexander finished the season in 4th place in the Championship and 2nd placed rookie.
Alexander then moved to ART Grand Prix in 2010 and whilst achieving some great results, pole at F3 Zandvoort Masters among others, it was ultimately a challenging year. Alexander finished 4th in the championship and notched up a further 7 podiums and 2 wins.
For 2011, Alexander and Gravity, his manager, took the decision to move into the GP3 series, supporting the F1 European ciruits. After a strong first half of the campaign, Alexander lead the champsionship but after 2 team errors at a pivitol time in the season, Alexander slipped to 6th in the standings. Alexander scored 2 wins and 4 further podiums during the year.
In 2012 Alexander decided to change from single seaters to sportscar and GT racing. After speaking with people at McLaren, whom he knew well since winning the McLaren award in 2008, a deal was inked up to become a Factory Driver for their new MP4-12C GT project. Alongside his testing and development role at McLaren, Alexander also raced in the LMP2 class in the European Le Mans Series and in selected rounds of the World Endurance Championship, including the world famous Le Mans 24hrs.
2013 saw Alexander’s relationship with McLaren naturally progressing into a racing role alongside his development duties. He drove in the Blancpain Endurance Series with Hexis Racing who last year finished 2nd in the FIA GT1 Teams Championship with their McLaren MP4 12C GT3.
“In my 26 years of competition I have seen many talented drivers come and go. Driving quickly is simply not enough to succeed at the highest level in motorsport and you need the combination of talent, commitment and the ability to communicate with the team through their designers, engineers and mechanics. Out of the car the work continues with the same communication skills being tested when it comes to interacting with the media, sponsors and of course the fans. Alexander Sims displays all of the above and more so I have no doubt we will see him achieve his goal of Formula One in the near future.”
Ex-McLaren Mercedes & Red Bull Formula One Racing Driver