Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Günther clinches third place at Misano E-Prix

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Maximilian Günther of the Monaco-based Maserati MSG Racing team claimed a coveted spot on the podium at the Misano E-Prix in Italy over the weekend. It is his 10th podium finish of his Formula E career. 

The weekend at the Misano Circuit was double-header challenge for the grid, with successive races on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April. 

26-year-old Maximilian Günther, the lead driver for Maserati MSG Racing team, appeared to struggle during the practice sessions, finishing 21st in the Free Practice One due to a technical problem and then 17th in the Free Practice Two because of a time penalty. 

But the German driver was undeterred and turned his fortunes around during the qualifying round, where he achieved P7. 

Saturday’s race went even better; Günther claimed a spot for himself on the podium, making it his 10th podium finish of his Formula E career.  

“Saturday’s race was wild, and I’m happy to finish third. We managed the race well, took Attack Mode at the right time, and made some good strategic moves to be in the fight when it mattered,” Günther reflected post-race.  

Sunday brought more challenges, with Günther beginning his Race Two campaign in P12. He had fought his way to seventh by the end of Lap One and appeared to be on course for a Top Five finish, but it wasn’t to be.

“[In Race Two] we didn’t get the outcome we deserved,” shared Günther. “We were able to move into a strong position in the race, despite some issues that challenged us and ran in the Top Five for a long time. At the end, we faced a racing incident with a competitor that put us out of the points. Still many positives to take from this weekend: a podium finish and good race pace. We’ll regroup in the coming days and will come in strong shape to our home race in Monaco.”

The post-race time penalty handed to Günther following the conclusion of Race Two left him in P12 as the weekend of racing came to a close.

His teammate, Jehan Daruvala, recorded a DNF in Race One, but placed ninth the next day.  

Günther is now fifth in the overall Drivers’ Standing, with 63 points, while Daruvala sits in 19th thanks to the two points – his first of the season – that he picked up in Misano. 

The grid will now be looking to Monaco, where the E-Prix is set to take place on Saturday 27th April.  

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