Guenther got the Maserati Formula E seat reserved for De Vries

Guenther got the Maserati Formula E seat reserved for De Vries

The new Maserati team has announced Maximilian Guenther as Edoardo Mortara’s teammate for its first Formula E world championship season in 2023.

Race One reported last month that Guenther was in line for the seat and his confirmation means one of the last spots on the grid for 2023 has been filled, with only McLaren waiting to announce the name of Jake Hughes who is expected to partner Rene Rast. .

Guenther will be starting his fourth full Formula E season having previously driven Dragon, BMW i Andretti and Nissan e.dams.

The 25-year-old’s opportunity with Maserati’s MSG team, formerly known as Venturi, comes after Nyck de Vries finally got his Formula 1 opportunity with AlphaTauri recently.

The 2021 Formula E champion agreed terms with Maserati earlier this year to join Mortara as he considers several options for his 2023 campaign, which also include the possibility of F1 and the possibility of driving with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship.

It is believed that Maserati realized even before the Italian Grand Prix, where De Vries replaced Alex Albon at Williams, that he would not own the Dutchman and that he had the option to compete in F1 in 2023. This was sealed through his AlphaTauri program. which was announced in October.

That ensures Maserati is asked to act in good faith and fire De Vries.

He then sends alternate plans to Mortara’s teammates. This includes signing Oliver Turvey, Alex Lynn, and Formula 2 driver Theo Pourchaire as well as Guenther, who has been in talks with the team since the early stages.

The German driver is believed to get the goal because of his track record with the BMW i Andretti team, where he scored three E-Prix goals between 2019 and 2020 in Santiago (below), New York and Berlin.

Guenther and Nissan e.dams agreed to part ways amicably in July last year and are understood to have held talks with McLaren and the rest of the Techeetah squad, who are now out of racing until the 2024 season at the earliest.

Speaking about his move to Maserati, Guenther said “he is confident that next year, I will be a better driver after all the experience I have”.

“I’ve won a few races and it’s been a great journey, but now what lies ahead is very exciting because I have an amazing team around me and we want to build something strong together,” he added.

“If you ask me about my ambitions, the main goal is to win the Formula E world championship, and this is what I want to achieve with this team.”

Mortara remains with the team fully since 2017.

He has scored six E-Prix goals, the first of which came in Hong Kong in March 2019 when he was promoted to pole position after Sam Bird was penalized for an incident with Andre Lotterer. The latest came at the Marrakesh E-Prix last July.

Race understands that Mortara has had several days of testing in the Gen3 test with a development car running DS performance. Meanwhile Gunther had his first experience with cars last week.

Combined DS testing and car development will continue in Spain next week.

In addition to Guenther’s program with Maserati, he is also believed to be able to test the Peugeot Hypercar in the near future.

Guenther is understood to be looking to extend his racing career from the start of 2022 and visited the WEC Spa circuit in May, where he spoke at length to the team and manufacturers.

Maserati Formula E concept

Maserati confirmed it would enter Formula E in April after its group owner, the Stellantis Group, took the decision to enter its second brand in the all-electric world championship. Apart from Maserati, Stellantis’ DS Automobiles has raced since 2015, initially with Virgin Racing and then Techeetah.

Maserati will use a DS-built powertrain during at least 2023 and 2024 as a designated customer, despite being the officially registered manufacturer in the championship itself.

Speaking at Maserati’s official launch in Modena on Thursday, Giovanni Tommaso Sgro, Head of Maserati Corse, said he was “delighted to welcome Max and Edo to the Trident family for season 9 in what will be an exciting and exciting new era in Formula E. ” .

“We are proud to be back on track where we were, driven by passion and original creativity,” said Sgro. “In the race for performance, we will put Maserati at the forefront as we travel through the streets of the world’s capitals.

“Formula E is more than a racing series, for us, it is a competitive platform that provides new technologies to accelerate the development of highly efficient electric powertrains and smart applications for our road sports cars. And, as the first brand of Italian join forces, we look forward to implementing our fully electronic ‘Folgore’ strategy.