GPUpdate's One 2 Watch: Alexander Sims

GPUpdate's One 2 Watch: Alexander Sims

12 May 2011 – On selected Thursdays across Formula 1’s European season, GPUpdate.net shares an insight into the up and coming stars of tomorrow. We begin with Londoner Alexander Sims, 23, who clinched victory in the second GP3 race in Turkey on Sunday.

Name Alexander Sims
Born 15 March 1988, London, UK 
Age 23
Twitter @simsracing

Current series GP3
Team Status GP

Career in a nut shell Karting -> British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Cup -> British Formula Renault 2.0 -> Formula 3 Euro Series -> GP3

Did you know? Sims won the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, receiving a McLaren Formula 1 test drive as a reward last November. He is looked after by Gravity Sport Management, of which Renault Team Principal Eric Boullier is CEO.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Two minutes with Alexander Sims...
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


How did you get interested in racing?

I was never that interested in karting, actually. I had no passion for it. One of my father’s colleagues bought a go-kart for a bit of fun, had a go and enjoyed it. Then they bought my brother a go-kart and my brother did it for a year. I had a go and enjoyed it, but I never thought, ‘Wow! This is what I want to do!’ It was a buzz but it wasn’t like, ‘I’ve found my passion’ or anything.

When I was starting to go racing, numerous times I’d be lying in bed and Dad would get me up! I wasn’t a teenager at that point, but I guess it was like that. But then I got more serious when I was about 16.

What's your greatest achievement so far?

There were a few karting races that were very, very good. In fairness, I haven’t had a massive amount of success yet in car racing, in terms of dominating, but the year of karting in 2002 was very good. And obviously winning the Autosport BRDC Award in 2008 was a pretty awesome experience.

Do you have any racing heroes?

Not really, no. When I was growing up, doing karting and watching F1 occasionally, it was probably Schumacher because he was winning all the time.

Who excites you most on the current F1 grid?

I’m not really that fussed anymore! I have massive respect for all the drivers because I realise what they’ve gone through to get there, as I’m going through at the moment, but I don’t think you can really say one person has done better to get there. I like Button, he seems like a very nice guy, but there’s qualities of lots of drivers that I like.

And finally…tell us something ridiculous about yourself please…

Well…my girlfriend is a racing driver as well. She has raced Radicals in the past and sometimes we race together, sharing the car. It’s quite chilled out, it’s a bit of fun really. There’s a mandatory pit-stop window of three laps, during which you have to change driver.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Alexander Sims was talking to GPUpdate.net’s Gregory Haines
Twitter: @GregoryHainesF1



Volume 2 of GPUpdate’s One 2 Watch will be available on Thursday 26 May

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Thursday 17 April 2014

  2. Video: Rosberg previews the Chinese GP 16:00

    Video: Rosberg previews the Chinese GP

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg looks ahead to the 2014 F1 Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit

    F1
  3. Hamilton tipped to triumph in China 15:07

    Hamilton tipped to triumph in China

    GPUpdate.net readers have backed Lewis Hamilton to claim victory at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. The former World...

    F1
  4. Vettel targets top five finish at Shanghai 14:31

    Vettel targets top five finish at Shanghai

    Sebastian Vettel says he would see a top five finish at the Chinese Grand Prix as a good result. The German, who won the...

    F1
  5. Video: DJ mixes Formula 1 car noises 14:08

    Video: DJ mixes Formula 1 car noises

    This May, Mobil 1 engine oil turns Jenson Button's McLaren MP4-29 into a musical instrument like no other.

    F1
  6. Rosberg set to 'clear the air' with Hamilton 13:43

    Rosberg set to 'clear the air' with Hamilton

    Nico Rosberg has revealed that he is planning to clear the air with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the run up to this...

    F1
  7. Button expects Mercedes to stay dominant 12:57

    Button expects Mercedes to stay dominant

    Jenson Button expects Mercedes to continue its dominance of the 2014 season for the foreseeable future, admitting that it...

    F1
  8. Video: A to Z of Formula 1 – Part 4 (M to Q) 12:00

    Video: A to Z of Formula 1 – Part 4 (M to Q)

    Red Bull presents 'The A to Z of Formula 1' and in Part 4 looks at M to Q.

    F1
  9. Räikkönen surprised by Domenicali exit 11:53

    Räikkönen surprised by Domenicali exit

    Kimi Räikkönen says Stefano Domenicali's resignation as Ferrari team boss came as a surprise to him. Domenicali, who had b...

    F1
  10. Ricciardo over appeal: I had moved on 11:09

    Ricciardo over appeal: I had moved on

    Despite admitting to disappointment after Red Bull's failed appeal over his exclusion from the season-opening Australian...

    F1
  11. Alonso: New boss Mattiacci needs time 10:09

    Alonso: New boss Mattiacci needs time

    Fernando Alonso is hoping that Marco Mattiacci will be given sufficient time to adapt to his new role as Team Principal of...

    F1
  12. Marko expecting Red Bull improvement 09:54

    Marko expecting Red Bull improvement

    Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko is expecting the team to edge towards the front of the field in coming races. Despite...

    F1
  13. Plans for championship with ex-F1 drivers 09:38

    Plans for championship with ex-F1 drivers

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is planning to set up a championship for former Grand Prix drivers. Earlier this...

    F1
  14. Chilton eyes similarly strong race in Shanghai 07:00

    Chilton eyes similarly strong race in Shanghai

    Max Chilton has said he will be aiming for a 'similarly strong race' in China this weekend after leaving the Bahrain GP on a...

    F1
  15. 06:20

    Latest F1 photos: Preparations at Shanghai

    F1
  16. Rosberg: It's going to get more difficult 06:00

    Rosberg: It's going to get more difficult

    Nico Rosberg is expecting Mercedes' rivals to close the gap more and more as the season progresses, although he is still...

    F1
  17. Shanghai memories: Gutiérrez runs into Sutil 05:00

    Shanghai memories: Gutiérrez runs into Sutil

    Esteban Gutiérrez ran dramatically over the back of Adrian Sutil's car during the opening stages of the 2013 Chinese Grand...

    F1
  18. Wednesday 16 April 2014

  19. Hülkenberg 'surprised' to be third 17:44

    Hülkenberg 'surprised' to be third

    Force India's Nico Hülkenberg has admitted he is a bit stunned by just how strongly he has started the 2014 Formula 1...

    F1
  20. Force India: Aim now to repeat podium 17:07

    Force India: Aim now to repeat podium

    Force India F1 won't sit back and will keep trying to improve, Team Principal Vijay Mallya has promised ahead of this...

    F1
  21. Video: Pirelli's guide to the Chinese GP 16:25

    Video: Pirelli's guide to the Chinese GP

    Pirelli previews this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

    F1
  22. Button: We need to get everything right 15:51

    Button: We need to get everything right

    McLaren's Jenson Button has said they will need to get 'everything right' this weekend in the Chinese Grand Prix if they are...

    F1
  23. Hamilton and Alonso best paid F1 drivers – report 15:24

    Hamilton and Alonso best paid F1 drivers – report

    Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the top paid F1 drivers, according to data compiled by ESPN Magazine and Sporting...

    F1
  24. Di Montezemolo to increase F1 involvement 14:46

    Di Montezemolo to increase F1 involvement

    Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has revealed that he is going to be more hands-on with the F1 programme from now on as...

    F1
  25. Mercedes 'must raise bar everywhere' to stay top 13:15

    Mercedes 'must raise bar everywhere' to stay top

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the team will need to keep raising the bar in every single area if it is to sustain its...

    F1
  26. Bianchi keen to put bad luck behind him 12:17

    Bianchi keen to put bad luck behind him

    Marussia's Jules Bianchi is hoping the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend will mark a...

    F1
  27. Video: A to Z of Formula 1 – Part 3 (I to L) 12:00

    Video: A to Z of Formula 1 – Part 3 (I to L)

    Red Bull presents 'The A to Z of Formula 1' and in Part 3 looks at I to L.

    F1
  28. Alonso: Two titles not enough 11:50

    Alonso: Two titles not enough

    Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso has said two F1 titles is not enough and that he will not be happy if he retires as 'only' a...

    F1
  29. Ferrari: First priority to be second best 11:17

    Ferrari: First priority to be second best

    Ferrari is looking at every area and is trying to make as big a step as it can for each and every race, engineering...

    F1
  30. Video: Ferrari gets set for China 10:58

    Video: Ferrari gets set for China

    Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry looks ahead to this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, round four in the 2014 Formula 1 W...

    F1
  31. Mosley backs Todt stance on noise 10:48

    Mosley backs Todt stance on noise

    Former FIA President Max Mosley has backed the way his successor Jean Todt is handling the noise 'issue' with the new V6...

    F1
  32. Fernández to act as driver steward at Chinese GP  10:15

    Fernández to act as driver steward at Chinese GP

    Adrián Fernández will be the FIA's driver steward at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend, it has been c...

    F1
  33. Hamilton out to make it three wins in a row 09:46

    Hamilton out to make it three wins in a row

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said it would be 'incredible' if he could make it three wins in a succession this weekend...

    F1
  34. Shanghai memories: Hamilton slides out 05:00

    Shanghai memories: Hamilton slides out

    Lewis Hamilton suffered this agonising retirement from the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix. Driving for McLaren in his debut season,...

    F1
  35. Tuesday 15 April 2014

  36. Video: Force India duo on Chinese Grand Prix 15:48

    Video: Force India duo on Chinese Grand Prix

    Force India drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez preview the Chinese Grand Prix.

    F1
  37. Renault edging closer to limit of new engine 13:53

    Renault edging closer to limit of new engine

    Renault has explained that it will be running its new turbocharged power unit "closer to the limits" at this weekend's...

    F1
  38. 'Russian drivers at risk over US, EU sanctions' 11:50

    'Russian drivers at risk over US, EU sanctions'

    Racing programmes of various Russian drivers are under threat following the sanctions that have been placed on their country...

    F1
  39. Gillette, McLaren enhance partnership 11:30

    Gillette, McLaren enhance partnership

    Gillette, the world's leading male grooming brand, has enhanced its collaboration with McLaren. The two brands, which...

    F1
  40. Video: Formula 1 pit-stops then and now 11:00

    Video: Formula 1 pit-stops then and now

    Enjoy a pit-stop comparison between the 1950 Indianapolis 500 and the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

    F1
  41. Red Bull 'accepts' outcome of appeal 10:38

    Red Bull 'accepts' outcome of appeal

    Red Bull says it "accepts" the decision of the International Court of Appeal to uphold Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the...

    F1
  42. Tweaks to Indy 500 practice, qualifying 10:17

    Tweaks to Indy 500 practice, qualifying

    IndyCar has added a practice session and tweaked qualifying for this year's Indianapolis 500. The fresh qualifying...

    Indy
  43. Court upholds decision to exclude Ricciardo 09:50

    Court upholds decision to exclude Ricciardo

    The FIA's International Court of Appeal has upheld the decision to exclude Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull from the results of...

    F1