Maximilian Günther is getting his personal 2018 motor racing season off to a great start. Germany’s most promising motorsport talent is among a select group of drivers who have been invited to take part in the first rookie test in the history of FIA Formula E. Günther will be putting in his first laps in an electric formula racing car in Marrakech (Morocco) on 14th January 2018. The Bavarian is to test for Dragon Racing, an outfit which has been contesting the FIA Formula E since the inaugural season in 2014.
The world’s first all-electric racing series is currently experiencing a real boom, especially in Germany. No fewer than four of Germany’s automotive giants will have works teams competing in Formula E by 2019 – Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Porsche. As a result, the number of carmakers involved in Formula E will increase to ten, making it even more attractive to the world’s top drivers.
“I’m really looking forward to my first laps in a Formula E car,” says 20-year-old Günther. “The test is the perfect way to get to know a new racing car and at the same time raise my profile on the international scene. Formula E is a very attractive series with incredible potential. I’ve watched a few races on TV, and I cannot wait to get behind the wheel myself soon.”
The rookie test takes place one day after the next race in the current season, which is to be hosted by the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. Only drivers who have not competed in Formula E before are eligible for the test sessions. These will give the ten teams the opportunity to talent-spot future squad members for the electric racing series.
Dragon Racing are one of the most experienced teams in Formula E. Founded by Jay Penske, the American outfit lifted the runner-up trophy in the 2014/15 team championship, notching up a victory in the Formula E race in Berlin and Mexico City along the way. Their driver line-up for the current season (2017/18) consists of ex-Formula 1 driver Jerome D’Ambrosio and Le Mans winner Neel Jani.
Günther: “I’ve already visited the team to get the seat customised, and I received a very warm welcome. Formula E is a new challenge for me. The energy management in particular is highly complex and makes huge demands on the driver. Together with the team, I’ve prepared myself as thoroughly as possible for the test in Marrakech. I would like to put the knowledge I’ve gained into practice on the racetrack as soon as possible and vindicate the trust placed in me. Thanks to Dragon Racing for this great opportunity!”