The brand new Maserati crew has introduced Maximilian Guenther as Edoardo Mortara’s team-mate for its first System E world championship season in 2023.
The Race first reported final month that Guenther was in line for the seat and his affirmation means one of many final slots on the 2023 grid has been crammed, with simply McLaren now ready to announce the anticipated title of Jake Hughes to accomplice Rene Rast.
Guenther will embark on his fourth full System E season after beforehand driving for Dragon, BMW i Andretti and Nissan e.dams.
The 25-year-old’s probability with the Maserati MSG crew, previously generally known as Venturi, successfully got here after Nyck de Vries lastly acquired his System 1 alternative with AlphaTauri just lately.
The 2021 System E champion had agreed phrases of a take care of Maserati earlier this yr to affix Mortara as he weighed up a number of choices for his 2023 marketing campaign, which additionally included F1 potentialities and a probable drive with Toyota within the World Endurance Championship.
Maserati is believed to have realised even earlier than the Italian Grand Prix, the place De Vries stood in for Alex Albon at Williams, that it might not have the Dutchman and that he had choices for an F1 drive in 2023. This was subsequently rubber-stamped through his AlphaTauri deal, which was introduced in October.
That ensured Maserati was required to successfully act in good religion and launch De Vries.
It then deployed different plans for Mortara’s team-mate. These included the scoping out of Oliver Turvey, Alex Lynn, and System 2 driver Theo Pourchaire along with Guenther, who was in talks with the crew from an early stage.
The German is believed to have gotten the nod as a result of his observe document with the BMW i Andretti crew, with which he scored three E-Prix victories between 2019 and 2020 in Santiago (beneath), New York and Berlin.
Guenther and Nissan e.dams agreed to half methods amicably final July and is understood to have held talks with each McLaren and the remnants of the Techeetah squad, which no longer race till the 2024 season on the earliest.
Talking of his transfer to Maserati, Guenther mentioned he was “certain that subsequent yr, I’m going to be a greater driver after the entire experiences I’ve had”.
“I’ve received a couple of races and it has been a cool journey, however now what’s forward of me is tremendous thrilling as a result of I’ve a unbelievable crew round me and we need to construct one thing robust collectively,” he added.
“Should you ask me my ambitions, the last word aim is to win the System E world championship, and that is what I need to obtain with this crew.”
Mortara stays with the crew he has successfully been an ever-present with since 2017.
He has scored six E-Prix wins, the primary of which got here in Hong Kong in March 2019 when he was promoted to the highest spot after Sam Hen was penalised for an incident with Andre Lotterer. His most up-to-date got here in final July’s Marrakesh E-Prix.
The Race understands that Mortara has performed a number of check days with the DS performance-run Gen3 check and improvement automobile. Gunther in the meantime acquired his first expertise with the automobile final week.
Shared testing of the DS check and improvement automobile will proceed in Spain subsequent week.
Along with Guenther’s programme with Maserati, it’s believed that he may additionally check the Peugeot Hypercar within the close to future.
Guenther is understood to have needed to develop his profession into sportscar racing since early 2022 and visited the Spa WEC paddock in Could, the place he spoke at size to groups and producers.
Maserati confirmed it might enter System E in April after its group proprietor, the Stellantis Group, took the choice to enter a second model within the all-electric world championship. Along with Maserati, Stellantis-owned DS Cars has raced since 2015, initially with Virgin Racing after which Techeetah.
Maserati will use DS-built powertrains for at the least 2023 and 2024 as a delegated buyer, despite the fact that it’s technically a registered producer within the championship in its personal proper.
Talking at Maserati’s official launch in Modena on Thursday, Giovanni Tommaso Sgro, Head Of Maserati Corse, mentioned he was “delighted to welcome Max and Edo into the Trident household for season 9 in what is about to be an thrilling and electrifying new period in System E”.
“We’re proud to be again on observe the place we belong, powered by ardour and progressive by nature,” mentioned Sgro. “Within the race for efficiency, we’ll be taking Maserati ahead as we cost on the streets of the world’s most iconic cities.
“System E is greater than only a racing collection, for us, it’s a aggressive platform bringing new applied sciences to speed up the event of excessive effectivity electrified powertrains and clever software program for our sport highway automobiles. And, as the primary Italian model to affix, we’re wanting ahead to setting in movement our full electrical ‘Folgore’ technique.”