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Q&A: Alex Sims

Alexander Sims will make his International Formula Master debut this weekend, having been given the chance to contest the latest rounds of the year in Hungary.

The 21-year-old, a pole winner and podium finisher already in his rookie F3 Euro Series season with Mücke Motorsport, has been invited to take part in this weekend's IFM meeting with the 'Formula Master Talent Support Programme' team.

Despite no previous experience of the car, the Briton is looking forward to the challenge…

How did the opportunity to join the Hungarian Grand Prix support race programme come about?

Alexander Sims:
We were speaking to another team who had a previous involvement in the series and met them at Silverstone and the opportunity really just rolled from there. I was subsequently invited to take part as a guest driver in this weekend's races at the Hungaroring.

It's a great opportunity for me to sample the car, learn the track and ultimately be part of the Grand Prix. I'd like to thank IFM for giving me the chance to join them in Hungary and I'm really looking forward to the weekend.

Given you've yet to even sit in an International Formula Master race car, what are your expectations for the weekend?

Alexander Sims:
I know they haven't had massive grids this season but it doesn't mean the competition will be any less challenging. I've heard Earl Bamber is joining as another guest driver and he's obviously got a good reputation which further strengthens the field. I've got no doubt it's going to be tough, I haven't even tested the car and this will be my first experience of the track. That said, I like to set my sights high and if I can score a podium then that'll be a great result!

What's going to be the main difference between your regular F3 ride and the IFM car and how easy will it be for you to adapt given you'll have had no testing?

Alexander Sims:
Obviously it's going to be a challenge. From what I've heard, the cars are reasonably similar to an F3 car, possibly with a bit more power but with a bit less downforce. If they're that similar then I should be able to get near to the limit pretty easily, it's just getting to the absolute limit in qualifying that's important to get a decent lap in. There's no practice session but with a forty minute qualifying session I should have time to dial-in but I'm obviously going up against drivers familiar with the car and perhaps even familiar with the circuit. As I said, it's definitely a challenge but I can't wait to get out there!

You could be forgiven for wanting a weekend off from racing having been in action last Sunday in Zandvoort and again next weekend at Oschersleben with your F3 Euro Series campaign.

Was the chance to learn another Grand Prix circuit a factor in your decision to race in IFM?

Alexander Sims:
Definitely! This is a great chance to get out there and learn the Hungaroring. There's not too many series that race there and obviously being an F1 circuit, and an actual Grand Prix event, made it a very attractive proposition to me as well.


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Mucke Motorsport F3 Euroseries rookie Alexander Sims [pic credit: Alexander Sims]
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