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Maximilian Günther
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Driver Details
Nationality Flag of Germany German
P.O.B. Flag of Germany Oberstdorf, Germany
Date of Birth 2 July 1997
Date of Death Unknown
Début Flag of Saudi Arabia 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Final Race Unknown
Championships 0 (17th 2018/19)
First Win
Former Teams Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon
Formula E Career
Entries 10 (10 Starts)
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 20
Podiums 0
FanBoosts 0
Current Season
Team Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Number Standings Points
28 16th '

Maximilian Günther (born 2 July 1997 in Oberstdorf, Germany) is a German racing driver, set to drive in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship with BMW i Andretti Motorsport.[1] Entering his second season of FE having driven for GEOX DRAGON during the 2018/19 season, Günther's pre-FE achievements include being twice runner-up in ADAC Formel Masters, top ten finishes in European Formula 3 (including second and third in 2016 and 2017 respectively) and victory at the 2017 Pau Grand Prix.[2]

Background

Born in Oberstdorf, Günther began his career in karts in 2006, achieving major titles in ADAC branded championships, before moving to single-seaters in 2011 in the Formula BMW Talent Cup, achieving second on debut, and followed that up as twice runner-up of the ADAC Formel Masters Championship.[3]

The European Years

In 2015, Günther joined the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Mucke Motorsport and later the Prema Powerteam, competing alongside Felix Rosenqvist, current and future Formula One drivers Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll and George Russell and other F1-backed names such as Antonio Giovinazzi and Callum Ilott. Gunther achieved his maiden victory at the Norisring and finished eighth in the overall championship.[4]

In 2016, Günther returned for a second season, competing full time with Prema.[5] He achieved four wins and finished vice-champion to teammate Stroll, earning Günther another contract with Prema for a third season in 2017.[6] It was another strong season for the German, with victory at the prestigious Pau Grand Prix, as well as four additional wins, leaving him third behind Lando Norris and Joel Eriksson in the Championship.

In 2017, Günther was named reserve driver for the Mercedes DTM team.[7]

Formula Foundation

In August 2017, Günther received sponsorship from the BWT Group, leading to a promotion to the FIA Formula 2 Championship with Arden Interantional.[8][9] Günther would go on to claim one victory in his rookie season, although an offer to join the FIA Formula E Championship saw the German cut-short his stint in F2 to concentrate on his new commitments.[10]

Formula E History

In December 2017, Dragon Racing named Günther as one of the drivers they would be bringing to the 2018 Rookie Test in Marrakech, partnering the German racer with Andrea Caldarelli.[11] After finishing in the top five in both sessions, Günther was named as the outfit's reserve driver two months later.[12]

Debut Dreams

Following Jérôme d'Ambrosio's departure from Dragon at the end of the 2017/18 season, Günther was seen as the favourite to replace him after becoming the lead test driver for the American outfit alongside José María López.[13] In October 2018, the German racer was duly named as one of the drivers who would drive the number six Dragon car at the Valencia Test sharing the three day test with Ferrari-backed F2 rival Antonio Fuoco.[14] Ultimately, Günther was chosen to partner López for the 2018/19 season, with Fuoco becoming the team's reserve.[10]

Günther's maiden FE campaign began fairly quietly, with the German racer claiming fifteenth at the season opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix.[15] A more competitive run to twelfth followed in Marrakech, only for all of Günther's momentum to be stopped by a failure at the 2019 Santiago E-Prix.[16] Indeed, Dragon would subsequently drop the German racer in favour of Felipe Nasr, although Günther was retained as their test/reserve driver with Nasr expected to miss two rounds before the season was over.[17]

Nasr raced at the following three rounds, before Günther returned for the 2019 Rome E-Prix as Nasr was busy racing in IMSA.[18] Günther would impress on his return, grabbing a slot in Super Pole, although a disappointing race saw the German racer finish down in nineteenth after running out of energy.[18] Yet, his expectations of returning to his development work would not be fulfilled, for Nasr opted to leave the team in order to focus on his IMSA title bid.[19]

With Nasr out of the picture Günther was to race for Dragon through to the end of the season, and duly delivered his best result of the season in Paris, securing fifth place and his maiden points finish.[19] A puncture at the 2019 Monaco E-Prix followed, causing Günther to retire, before a quiet run to fourteenth at his home race in Berlin.[20] Another Super Pole appearance followed in Bern for Günther, with the German racer battling to fifth in the race itself.[21]

A disappoint end to the season saw Günther pick up damage in both of the New York City E-Prix, meaning he failed to add to his tally.[22] He hence finished the campaign in seventeenth in the Championship with 20 points, seventeen more than teammate López.[22]

Beamer Boost

In July 2019, Günther partook in a private test with BMW i Andretti Motorsport amid rumours he would be replacing a reportedly DS Techeetah-bound António Félix da Costa.[23][24] In September 2019, the outfit confirmed Günther would race for them in the 2019/20 season.[1]

Full Formula E Record

Shown below are a series of tables outlining title="Form's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E Entries

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Maximilian Günther during their FE career:

Maximilian Günther's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2018/19 Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon[10] 6 Penske EV-3 17th 20
2019/20 Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport[1] 28 BMW iFE.20

Career Results

Below is a table showing Maximilian Günther's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2018/19 Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Hong Kong Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 17th 20
15th 12th Ret 19th 5th Ret 14th 5th Ret 19th
2019/20 Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Morocco Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of South Korea Flag of Indonesia Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 16th

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'BREAKING: Guenther secures BMW drive while Da Costa parts ways', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/09/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/september/guenther-joins-bmw-as-da-costa-parts-ways, (Accessed 09/09/2019)
  2. 'Dragon appoints F3 graduate and F2 racer Gunther to Formula E role', autosport.com, (Autosport, 04/03/2018), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/134645/f3-graduate-gets-dragon-formula-e-role, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  3. 'Congratulations Maximilian Günther: New Championship Leader FIA Formula-3', neuschwansteiner.com, (Neuschwansteiner, 17/06/2018), https://www.neuschwansteiner.com/en/blog/congratulations-maximilian-gunther-new-championship-leader-fia-formula-3-triple-pole-victory-championship-lead-making-history-hungary/, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  4. 'Maximilian Günther wins Norisring thriller', fia.com, (FIA, 27/06/2015), https://www.fia.com/news/maximilian-g%C3%BCnther-wins-norisring-thriller, {Accessed 17/06/2018)
  5. 'Maximilian Gunther gets Prema F3 deal for 2016', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 22/12/2015), http://www.paddockscout.com/maximilian-gunther-gets-prema-f3-deal-for-2016/32700, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  6. 'Prema retains Mercedes DTM reserve Gunther for 2017 F3 season', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 28/02/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/eurof3/news/prema-retains-mercedes-dtm-reserve-gunther-for-2017-f3-season-878051/, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  7. 'Maximilian Günther promoted to DTM test and reserve driver', fiaf3europe.com, (F3 FIA European Championship, 27/01/2017), https://www.fiaf3europe.com/2017/01/27/maximilian-gunther-promoted-dtm-test-reserve-driver/, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  8. 'Max and BWT agree to work together', maxguenther.com, (Max Gunther, 18/08/2017), http://www.maxguenther.com/2017/08/18/eng-max-and-bwt-agree-to-work-together/?lang=en, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  9. 'Maximilian Günther joins F2 with Arden International', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2 Championship, 13/02/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/02_February/Maximilian-Gunther-joins-F2-with-Arden/, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Sam Smith, 'Guenther to Join Lopez at Dragon', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 07/11/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/guenther-to-join-lopez-at-dragon/?fbclid=IwAR3w_cLOwpk55WcfAHvNvtkViye-NkGquXT1kkZ_LC87KRy_i9vOKgZ2JhQ, (Accessed 07/11/2018)
  11. 'European F3 ace Maximilian Gunther gets Formula E test with Dragon', autosport.com, (Autosport, 23/12/2017), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/133653/european-f3-ace-gunther-gets-formula-e-test, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  12. 'Dragon appoints F3 graduate and F2 racer Gunther to Formula E role', autosport.com, (Autosport, 04/03/2018), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/134645/f3-graduate-gets-dragon-formula-e-role, (Accessed 17/06/2018)
  13. 'Lopez stays at Dragon FE team for 2018/19', motorsport.com, (Motorsport.com, 11/10/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/lopez-stays-at-dragon-fe-team-for-2018-19-/3193274/, {Accessed 16/10/2018)
  14. 'Entry list announced ahead of pre-season testing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/10/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/october/entry-list-announced-ahead-of-pre-season-testing/, (Accessed 16/10/2018)
  15. 'Race Report: Da Costa - 'We did it baby, we're back!', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2018), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/december/race-report-saudi, (Accessed 15/12/2018)
  16. 'Bird storms to victory in sweltering Santiago showdown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/race-report-santiago-2019, (Accessed 27/01/2019)
  17. Sam Smith, 'Nasr to Replace Guenther at GEOX Dragon', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 05/02/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/nasr-to-replace-guenther-at-geox-dragon/, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
  18. 18.0 18.1 'Emotional maiden win for Evans in Rome, Lotterer second', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/04/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/april/race-report-rome-2019, (Accessed 13/04/2019)
  19. 19.0 19.1 'Frijns emerges victorious in frantic French E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/04/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/april/race-report-paris-2019, (Accessed 27/04/2019)
  20. 'Di Grassi victorious in the battle for Berlin, home race victory for Audi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/race-report-berlin-2019, (Accessed 25/05/2019)
  21. 'Vergne victorious in frantic battle for Bern ahead of Championship finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/race-report-bern-2019, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
  22. 22.0 22.1 'Frijns wins while Vergne claims historic two-time Championship title in New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/race-report-nyc-2-2019, (Accessed 15/07/2019)
  23. Sam Smith, 'BMW to Test Guenther in Spain', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 28/07/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/bmw-to-test-guenther/, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  24. Sam Smith, 'Da Costa and BMW Split; DS Techeetah Deal Imminent', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 06/08/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/da-costa-and-bmw-split-ds-techeetah-deal-imminent/, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONHWA RacelabMahindra RacingNIO Formula E TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraNIONissanPenskeVenturi
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE05BMW iFE.18DS E-Tense FE 19Jaguar I-Type IIIMahindra M5ElectroNIO Sport 004Nissan IM01Penske EV-3Venturi VFE 05
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr./Alex Lynn • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
E-Prix
Ad DiriyahMarrakechSantiagoMexico CityHong KongSanyaRomeParisMonacoBerlinBernNew York City INew York City II
Tests
ValenciaAd DiriyahRookie TestMexico City
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2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONMahindra RacingMercedes-Benz EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E TeamVenturi Racing
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE06BMW iFE.20DS E-Tense FE20Jaguar I-Type IVMahindra M6ElectroMercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01NIO FE-005Nissan IM02Penske EV-4Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Oliver Turvey • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Brendon Hartley • 7 Nico Müller • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 13 António Félix da Costa • 17 Nyck de Vries • 18 Neel Jani • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 Maximilian Günther • 33 Ma Qing Hua • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 51 James Calado • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein
E-Prix
Ad Diriyah IAd Diriyah IISantiagoMexico CityMarrakechSanyaRomeParisSeoulJakartaBerlinNew York CityLondon ILondon II
Tests
ValenciaRookie Test
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2018/192020/212019/20 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Season
ABB FIA Formula E Drivers
2018/19 Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
2018/19 Test/Reserve Drivers
Simona de SilvestroAntonio FuocoDaniel JuncadellaMa Qing HuaNico MüllerNorman NatoJames RossiterBruno SpenglerMitsunori TakaboshiHo-Pin TungBeitske Visser
Former
Jaime AlguersuariMarco AndrettiNathanaël BerthonTom BlomqvistMatthew BrabhamAdam CarrollMichela CerrutiKarun ChandhokMike ConwaySalvador DuranLoïc DuvalMaro EngelLuca FilippiAlex FontanaAntonio GarciaPierre GaslyEsteban GutiérrezNick HeidfeldNeel JaniKamui KobayashiKatherine LeggeFabio LeimerVitantonio LiuzziAlex LynnFranck MontagnyCharles PicNicolas ProstRené RastStéphane SarrazinTakuma SatoBruno SennaOriol ServiàScott SpeedJarno TrulliJacques VilleneuveJustin WilsonSakon Yamamoto
Test
Alexander AlbonAmna Al QubaisiMichael BenyahiaAndrea CaldarelliTatiana CaldéronPatrick CarpentierJamie ChadwickStefano ColettiDa Sheng ZhangSam DejongheGil de FerranNyck de VriesPaul di RestaJoel ErikssonPietro FittipaldiAntonio GiovinazziJamie GreenEsteban GuerrieriRio HaryantoColton HertaJake HughesAlexandre ImperatoriCarmen JordáNicolas LapiereArthur LeclercJuan Manuel LópezFrédéric MakowieckiPippa MannRaffaele MarcielloJann MardenboroughCarrie SchreinerSergey SirotkinDean StonemanHarry TincknellBenoît TréluyerMarco Wittmann
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