Maximilian Günther and the Maserati MSG Racing team once again made it onto the podium on Saturday at round ten of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Rome. The 26-year-old produced a fantastic performance with some impressive overtaking manoeuvres to end the opening race of Maserati’s home E-Prix in the Italian capital in third place. Günther then produced another commanding performance in front of thousands of delighted fans to finish sixth in the Sunday race.
Günther again reached the quarter-final of qualifying for the Saturday race at the 3.385-kilometre street circuit, which is set against the historical backdrop of the Italian metropolis. A lap time of 1:39.413 minutes meant eighth place on the grid for the man from the Allgäu. The opening race of the double-header in Rome began in glorious sunshine and temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius. It was all a bit cramped on the track at the start of the race, but Günther successfully defended his position against a host of rivals. The Monaco resident called on his wealth of talent and experience in the second half of the race, working his way towards the front of the field one place at a time in some thrilling battles. Thanks to some perfect energy management and spurred on by the Italian fans, Günther managed to pass the third-placed car in the closing stages and went on to claim another spot on the podium after 27 laps of racing.
Günther qualified sixth on Sunday(1:38.655 minutes), earning himself a good starting position and sealing his tenth appearance in the head-to-head duels in the last eleven races. In the race, the high temperatures once again posed a major challenge to the teams and drivers. Günther kept a cool head and emerged unscathed from the heated start phase in his 350 kW Maserati. At the end of an eventful race, the Maserati MSG Racing driver came home sixth to score more valuable points.
Maximilian Günther: “It was a super weekend for us. The first part of the weekend was not easy, but third place on Saturday was a genial result. That was a very special moment, especially at Maserati’s home race. We had better pace on Sunday, but the racing gods were not on our side. I am very happy with our whole weekend and to have scored plenty of points again.”
The final round of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place from 28th to 30th July in London (Great Britain).