FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP Round 5 – 22/23/24 June – Circuit Paul Ricard, France

Race Le Castellet

Difficult weekend for Maximilian Günther at the Formula 2 race premiere at Le Castellet

The weekend at Le Castellet in France started promisingly for Maximilian Günther. In practice, the BWT Arden Formula 2 driver set the third fastest time on the Circuit Paul Ricard and was only 0.138 seconds behind the leader. Unfortunately, this good result could not be achieved again with the soft tyres used in qualifying, so eleventh place was the maximum.

In the first race on Saturday, technical problems on the car emerged and the wrong tyre choice, which required an additional pit stop, caused Maximilian to drop far behind. He finished twelfth and couldn’t score any points. The bad luck also continued in the sprint race on Sunday. Coming from twelfth place, he impressively fought his way up to eighth place after a good start. But technical problems, which made the car undriveable, once more dropped the 20-year-old back to eleventh.

Despite the setbacks, Maximilian remains fully motivated because he has shown that he could have been at the top without the technical and tactical problems. By knowing this, the BWT Arden driver remains in a positive mood and wants to attack again at the next Formula 2 race weekend, which will take place on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg next weekend (30 June/1 July).

After ten races Maximilian ranks 15th in the drivers’ standings with 20 championship points.

Maximilian Günther: ​”It was a difficult weekend and the result of going home without points is very frustrating. I was quite good in practice and was third. That’s why I was hoping for more in qualifying than the eleventh grid position. The wrong tyre choice and the mistake of the team on Saturday destroyed my races. But I won’t let that get me down because I know what I would have been able to do without the problems. Luckily, the next race is next weekend, where I’ll fight back.”

BWT Arden Team Manager Kenny Kirwan: ​”An extremely disappointing and frustrating weekend for the BWT Arden team with a number of issues that compromised the performance of both drivers over the course of the weekend. These issues have cost us valuable points scoring positions in both races for Maxi and we must work harder on having a clean weekend as a team to provide Max with the strong results that he deserves and we expect. We will regroup and be much stronger in Spielberg.”