Maximillian Guenther has been confirmed as one of the two BMW i Andretti Motorsport drivers for the upcoming Formula E season.
The German driver will be replacing Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa in the team with da Costa tipped to move to DS Techeetah.
Guenther had a strong rookie season for Dragon Racing with a pair of fifth-place finishes in Paris and Bern being the highlights.
He also outscored his vastly more experienced teammate, Jose Maria Lopez by 20 points to three in the Drivers’ Championship despite being replaced by Felipe Nasr for three races.
Jens Marquardt was looking forward to Guenther’s arrival was an understatement saying: “I am looking forward to Maximilian Guenther returning to the BMW family.
“We followed his performance last season very closely.
“Maximilian regularly managed to get the maximum out of his car package. That saw him achieve some impressive results.
“Having a driver with a history of BMW single-seater racing is a great fit.”
Guenther had previously competed in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2011 and came second in what was his first season of car racing.
“It is fantastic to be part of BMW i Motorsport now,” said Guenther.
“BMW i Andretti Motorsport had a strong maiden season in Formula E, won the very first race and was involved in the fight for the title down to the wire.
“That is why this switch is definitely a fantastic step for me.
“It is great to compete for BMW again.
“That’s where everything started for me in single-seater racing in 2011.”
Marquardt was also keen to thank Antonio Felix da Costa for his time as a factory driver in a variety of series including DTM, WEC and Formula E, saying: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Antonio very much for the good collaboration this past Formula E season and in the six years overall as a BMW works driver in the DTM, the WEC, in GT racing and in Formula E.
“We had a great time together but agreed that a change would be good for both parties.
“Now we wish him all the best on his new journey.”
Guenther’s teammate will be revealed at a later date before pre-season testing in October at Valencia.
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