Formula E: Mixed results for Monaco-based Maserati MSG Racing in Portland

Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Günther came from the rear to secure an eighth-place finish at Round 14 of the FIA Formula E World Championship, which was held over the weekend in Portland. His rookie teammate, Jehan Daruvala, came in 12th, losing three places on his start position. 

Maserati MSG Racing, one of the FIA Formula E World Championship’s founding teams, has had a season of ups and downs. This past weekend’s races in the American city of Portland, Oregon, was a reflection of the year so far, with a mixed bag of results for the team’s two drivers.  

The results of the Round 13 race, which took place on Saturday 29th June, were poor for both drivers: Maximilian Günther recorded a DNF and his teammate, Jehan Daruvala, got stuck in the second half of the scoreboard with a P16.  

The next day, Günther had to overcome a particularly tough start  – he had qualified in 21st position – while Daruvala fared far better with a P9 slot on the grid.  

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Both drivers employed an energy-saving strategy at the start, allowing themselves to drop back so that they could turn on the heat as the race progressed. By the 15th lap, Günther was in P8, but a safety car slowed the action in the 18th, pushing him back to 10th place. After a lengthy battle, he clawed his way up to an eighth-place finish for his team. Daruvala, however, fell a bit shorter, finishing in 12th 

“This weekend has been very tough for us, so recovering to the Top 10 after starting from the last row of the grid is an achievement,” said Günther post-race. “There’s no doubt that this weekend has been challenging, and there are still a few question marks about our performance remaining. We will use the time between now and London to clear that up, but we can be happy. Compared to where we were last year, we’ve made some good changes to the car, and street circuits are good for us, so London should suit our package.” 

Maserati MSG Racing, which has its headquarters in the Principality of Monaco, is currently in eighth place in the Constructors’ Standings. Günther also sits eighth in the Drivers’ Standings while Daruvala is ranked 20th.  

The next round of races on the schedule will mark the end of the season. Round 15 and Round 16 will be held at ExCeL London in the British capital on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.  

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