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Maximilian Guenther drivers a Nissan Formula E car. The photo is a side on shot as he passes a wall, so only the top half of the car is visible.

Guenther joins Mortara at Maserati

Maximilian Guenther will partner Edoardo Mortara at Maserati for the 2022-23 season.

The Italian manufacturer makers its debut in the Formula E championship at the start of the series’ Gen 3 era, taking over the Venturi team. It hopes to hit the ground running with two race winning drivers.

Mortara will stay with the squad where he has spent he past five seasons.

The Swiss-Italian driver has finished in the top three in the championship in the past two Formula E seasons, and has six race wins to his name.

“Since joining in Season 4, the team has become home for me and I’m really happy to continue my journey with such a collection of hardworking and talented individuals into Season 9 and beyond,” Mortara said. “The past five seasons have been some of the best in my career and after taking home six wins, 13 podiums and a vice World Championship title, I’m looking forward to building upon our current success together in Gen 3.

“As a Swiss-Italian, representing the Maserati brand int heir return to international motorsport will be a great honour.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Max, who has already shown promise as a Formula E driver.

“As the reigning Vice-World Champions, it’s a great time to be joining the team, and I think Max and I will make a strong team as we take on the championship together.”

Guenther lines up alongside Mortara at Venturi. The German driver replaces Lucas Di Grassi, who has made the switch to Mahindra for his ninth season in the championship.

Guenther has three full seasons in Formula E under his belt, and an additional partial season with Dragon in 2019. He picked up his first victory at the 2020 Santiago E-Prix and his latest in the 2021 New York E-Prix.

After two successful years at BMW, Guenther had a more difficult 2021-22 season with Nissan, taking just two points finishes, but is aiming to get back to winning ways.

“I’m very proud to be joining the Maserati MSG Racing family alongside Edo ahead of Season 9,” he said. “I have a lot of admiration for the team and their achievements in recent seasons – they have been tough to beat and fully deserve their current status as Vice-World Champions. To be part of the Maserati brand’s return to racing in partnership with MSG Racing is a huge honour for me and I‘m looking forward to building something very strong together.

“I first met Edo back in 2016 and we have similar values when it comes to racing – we’re both very detail orientated and driven for success. We have always had a great relationship on and off the track, based on mutual respect. I believe we’ll make a formidable team and I know that we will work hard together to ensure we extract the maximum performance together with the team. I can’t wait to get this exciting journey started.”

Also new to the Maserati team is new team principal James Rossiter, who joins the squad from Techeetah. Techeetah will sit out the 2022-23 season, but aims to return to the electric racing championship in the future.

Bethonie Waring

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