Maximilian Günther took his first win of the season in the tenth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in New York City. From the start, the German drove in the leading group and fought for victory throughout the race. With intelligent energy management and a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre in front of the impressive skyline of Manhattan, he moved to the front of the hard-fought field and controlled the lead until the chequered flag dropped.
The 2.32-kilometre street circuit in the district of Brooklyn was still green at the start of the weekend and the grip conditions changed steadily over the course of the sessions. Maximilian Günther made a good start to the first day of racing, finishing third in the first free practice session (1:10.701 minutes). With second place (1:09.417) and only 0.031 seconds behind the leader, he repeated his strong pace in the second practice session.
The German was able to build on this performance in the first qualifying session on Saturday. In 1:09.718 minutes, he set the second-fastest lap time in the third group and, in fifth place overall, moved into the Super Pole of the Top 6 drivers for the sixth time this season. With a time of 1:09.614, he put his BMW iFE.21 #28 in fourth place on the grid and laid the foundation for his later success.
Starting from the second row, he was able to defend his position and drove in the leading group of the field for 38 laps. He stayed within striking distance of the leader, but managed his race cleverly so that he had an energy surplus over the opponents in front of him until the end. On lap 30, he was able to take advantage of the situation and overtook two rivals at once to take the lead. He was then able to pull away from the field and take his third career victory in Formula E.
Maximilian Günther is currently sitting in 12th position in the drivers’ standings with 53 points to his name. The eleventh race of the season will take place on 11 July in New York City.
Maximilian Günther: “My third victory in Formula E tastes really good! New York is a highlight for any driver and it is also the home race for BMW i Andretti Motorsport. To win here and take the home victory for my team is an incredible feeling. We managed the race well and had a good starting position coming from the second row of the grid. Overtaking was not easy and I knew that the longer the race went, the better my chances. The fact that I was able to overtake two cars in one sweep and take the lead and the win is just mega!”