Former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Alexander Sims has described 2011 as a crucial season for his career after signing with frontrunning GP3 team Status. The Gravity Sport Management-backed Briton has been placed in the GP2 feeder category after spending two seasons in the Formula 3 Euro Series.
Sims tested for Status, which ran Robert Wickens to second in the GP3 championship last year, at Jerez before Christmas. He feels he needs a strong year in 2011 to keep his Formula 1 ambitions alive.
"This is the biggest season of my career to date," Sims told AUTOSPORT. "This is my second chance at this level and if I do well then things should look up and GP2 should be possible.
"[Gravity] want GP2 to be a one-year program, which increases your chances of getting to F1 massively. If I do well in GP3 then F1 is something realistic to aim for, but if I don't then that's probably it in terms of F1, if I'm honest."