BRITISH driver Alexander Sims will be out to fly the flag for Indian outfit Mahindra.
The former BMW man is looking forward to building the team to glory as he aims to be with the team long-term.
Mahindra showed their ambition to the all-electric paddock by being the first team to commit to the next Gen3 era, which is set to commence in 2022.
Mahindra and their passionate team principle Dilbagh Gill have been involved in FE since the first ever race in 2014.
Sims said: “The commitment that Mahindra and the team owner Dilbagh has shown is going to have a positive effect throughout the whole organisation.
"It’s a signal of intent that Mahindra is here to stay for the foreseeable future and it’s something that really can give the personnel in the team a real lift.
“Because there’s security there, a nice long journey ahead and it just increases that reason to put the work in to invest the time and effort because you’re sure that it’s not just going to end in a couple of years.
“It’s a very nice feeling to have."
Sims, who will race alongside fellow Brit Alex Lynn, is looking to squeeze everything he can out of the car ahead of next season.
He lives close to the team’s factory in Banbury and is looking forward to doing late nights in the garage to work with his engineers.
Sims says this played a part in him switching from BMW, after spending two years with the German giants.
He said: “Certainly from my side I’m feeling very happy with the team and I’m a hundred per cent motivated to work hard to continue to improve things.
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“It’s where I’m investing my time and efforts and so I’m keen to see the fruits of that and stay here for a long time.
"From my point of view I’m in this for the long run.
“The fact that the factory isn’t too far from my home made me more confident that I’d be able to work more, work harder whilst also being able to be home more.
"This is a growing personal factor; with three children I don’t want to miss all of their lives if I can.
"So the prospect of being able to be home for more bedtimes but still be able to do more days in the factory and on the simulator than I’ve done before was quite appealing.
"The vision that Dilbagh spoke about was bringing the team back to winning ways."