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Q&A: Alex Sims

With a pole position and a podium finish to your credit (Norisring – Germany) already in the fiercely competitive F3 Euro Series, how different is the racing in Europe to what you experienced in two successful seasons in the Formula Renault UK Championship?

Alexander Sims:
Well you've still got to produce the goods in qualifying and the races that's for sure! Probably the biggest difference is that previously in the UK, a bad qualifying session for me might mean starting around sixth or seventh whereas now, given the sheer level of competition, as I saw in Zandvoort last time after a bad session, I was down in 18th. There are so many good drivers in this series that if you happen to have an 'off' session there are a whole bunch of guys there to punish you for it!

Q:
You're almost half-way through your season competing for Mücke Motorsport – what have been your personal highlights to-date over and above the aforementioned pole and podium?

Alexander Sims:
It's been a pretty good start to the season, we've had a few issues but they're all things I can learn from and become a better driver from. The F3 Masters at Zandvoort and the Euro Series race at the Norisring stand-out as highlights in terms of actual results but I was also happy with our pace in pre-season testing and again at Magny Cours once the season had started when I was fastest overall. We've shown a lot of promise and now we have to turn that into consistent results.

Q:
What are your expectations for the second-half of your F3 Euro Series season and how much are you looking forward to a return to home soil and the Brands Hatch round in September?

Alexander Sims:
Put simply it's got to be about finishing in the top-eight in the first race and top-six in the second in order to score points each time out. Winning the title is probably realistically out of reach now but a good top-six finish is achievable and that was my goal entering the year. I obviously want to be up there winning races and Brands Hatch could be as good an opportunity as any given I know the track well!

Q:
Finally, have you been given any indication as to when you might receive your test drive with the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team as part of your prize package for winning the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award?

Alexander Sims:
Unfortunately not! I saw some of the guys from McLaren at the British Grand Prix and got to hang out with them which was a great experience. As to actually driving the car, I've yet to find out when that might happen but it's a very nice feeling knowing I'm going to get to experience a proper Formula One test.



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