Young German racer Maximilian Guenther joins American team Dragon for his first Formula E season, teaming up with Argentinian driver Jose Maria Lopez.
Last season, the German was announced as the team’s Test and Reserve Driver. He took part in the Marrakesh Rookie Test and attended some races in the second half of the season.
After participating in the pre-season testing held in Valencia last month, Guenther has been announced as one of the squad’s drivers in the fully-electric championship’s fifth season, which will kick off in Riyadh next month.
Guenther has been a successful driver in junior series, and this season, he has been racing in the FIA F2 Championship for Arden International.
He was also able to compete with the eventual champion and 2019 McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris in the 2017 season of FIA F3 Europe before making the step up to F2. Guenther claimed 10 F3 wins in three seasons at that level with a best finish of second in the championship.
After stepping up to the Formula 1 support series, the 21-year-old took one victory in F2 with two rounds remaining.
Guenther said: “I’m really happy to compete with DRAGON in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E season.
“We made great progress during our development with the more powerful and complex Gen2 Car.
“It’s an exciting challenge for both the Engineers and the Driver, and I’m enjoying every second driving it.”
He added: “The working atmosphere inside the team is fantastic, I feel really comfortable and can’t wait to get the new season started.
“Certainly, I will give it my all to deliver the best possible results for the team.
“I want to thank Jay Penske and the entire DRAGON team for their trust and for giving me the opportunity to race in this first-class championship.”
Dragon’s owner and team principal, Jay Penske, was enthusiastic about his team’s chances saying: “I am very pleased to give Max the opportunity to race in the #6 car this season.
“Maximilian did a tremendous job building rapport with the team and working with the entire organization on the development of the Penske EV-3.
“Maximilian has shown himself to be a true competitor. I am looking forward to seeing the results of his hard work in Season 5.”