This season, only his second in car racing, has been a break-out one for Alexander Sims. In Formula Renault, he scored his first car racing victory at Donington Park in July last year. The race was abandoned after just four laps due to a torrential downpour, but Sims was leading on merit and stood out in the difficult conditions. That was a highlight of a rookie campaign where he first showed flashes of his great potential.
He followed up that maiden victory from his rookie year with two more as he took the championship to the final round of the year. But it was more than just the bare statistics that highlight his potential.
Sims may have lost out in the end to fellow McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Adam Christodoulou, but it was his all-round development that made the biggest impression this year as he made strides in each area that a driver needs to excel - after all, there's a lot more to it than simply driving the car quickly.