Maximilian Günther (born 2 July 1997) is a German racing driver currently competing in Formula E for Maserati MSG Racing. Günther has previously driven in Formula 2 with Arden and for Dragon Racing, BMW i Andretti and Nissan e.dams in Formula E. He achieved his first win in Formula E at the 2020 Santiago ePrix.

Career

Born in Oberstdorf, Günther began his racing career in karting in 2007. He remained in karting until 2010. In 2011, Günther competed in open-wheel racing, in Formula BMW Talent Cup. In 2013, Günther competed in ADAC Formel Masters from ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., he ended the season second. In 2014, he also finished second. In 2015, Günther débuted in the European Formula 3 with kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport.

FIA Formula 2 Championship

Günther made his Formula 2 debut in 2018 with Arden.,[1] partnering Nirei Fukuzumi, who graduated from GP3. He scored his maiden podium in only his second race and went on to claim his first F2 victory in the Silverstone sprint race. For the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, he was replaced by Red Bull junior driver Dan Ticktum.

Formula E

Dragon (2018–2019)

2018–19 season

Günther joined the Dragon Racing team as test and reserve driver, participating in the Marrakesh rookie test in 2018 and pre-season testing for season five. After Jerome d'Ambrosio departed to move to Mahindra Racing,[2] Günther was promoted to a race seat and made his debut in the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December 2018.[3] He was replaced by Felipe Nasr after the Santiago ePrix.[4] However, Günther returned to the team for the Rome ePrix, and he completed the season with the team.[5] He scored his first points in Formula E with a 5th-place finish at the Paris ePrix.[6] He finished 5th again at the Swiss ePrix, meaning that he finished his rookie season 17th in the Drivers' Championship.[7]

BMW i Andretti Motorsport (2019–2021)

2019–20 season

For the 2019–20 season, Günther was signed to race for BMW i Andretti Motorsport after Antonio Felix da Costa moved to reigning champion team DS Techeetah.[8] The second race of the season in Diriyah saw Günther take a maiden podium in second place behind teammate Alexander Sims, but was demoted to 11th after passing Lucas di Grassi under safety car conditions.[9] At the next race in Santiago, Günther claimed his maiden Formula E victory after a last lap pass on da Costa.[10] He finished second at the Marrakesh ePrix after starting second on the grid.[11] He won his home race at the Berlin ePrix after starting second.[12] He finished the season with three points finishes, all of which were podium finishes.

2020–21 season

Günther was retained by BMW for the following season.[13] He won the New York City ePrix, taking advantage of a collision between Jean-Éric Vergne and Nick Cassidy.[14]

Nissan e.dams (2022)

2021–22 season

Günther moved to Nissan e.dams for the 2021–22 season.[15] He scored his first points for the team at the Mexico City ePrix.[16]

Maserati MSG Racing (2023–)

2022–23 season

Günther is set to move to Maserati MSG Racing for the 2022–23 season.[17]

FIA World Endurance Championship

In 2022 Günther drove an endurance racing car for the first time, driving the Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar during the post-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit,[18] describing it as "fantastic".[19]

Personal life

Günther currently resides in Monaco. He holds dual German and Austrian nationality. In addition to his native German, Günther also speaks English, French, and Spanish.[20]

Racing record

Karting career summary

Season Series Team Position
2007 Southern German ADAC Kart Cup — Bambini A Ebert Motorsport 2nd
ADAC Kart Masters — Bambini A 2nd
2008 ADAC Kart Masters — Bambini A Ebert Motorsport 7th
2009 ADAC Kart Masters — Bambini A Valier Racing 11th
2010 ADAC Kart Masters — KF3 1st
Werner-Grossevollmer-Memory-Throphy RS Motorsport 10th
German Karting Championship — Junior 6th
Monaco Kart Cup — KF3 16th

Racing career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2011 Formula BMW Talent Cup BMW Motorsport 17 2 0 2 14 ? 2nd
2013 ADAC Formel Masters ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 24 2 8 2 11 240 2nd
2014 ADAC Formel Masters ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 24 4 5 4 10 262 2nd
2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Mücke Motorsport 27 1 0 0 2 150 8th
Prema Powerteam 3 0 0 0 0
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 30 4 7 4 13 320 2nd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Simulator driver
2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Powerteam 30 5 3 2 16 383 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Simulator driver
2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship BWT Arden 22 1 0 0 2 41 14th
2018–19 Formula E GEOX Dragon 10 0 0 0 0 20 17th
2019–20 Formula E BMW i Andretti Motorsport 11 2 0 0 3 69 9th
2020–21 Formula E BMW i Andretti Motorsport 15 1 0 0 1 66 16th
2021–22 Formula E Nissan e.dams 16 0 0 0 0 6 19th
2022–23 Formula E Maserati MSG Racing

Complete ADAC Formel Masters results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2013 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. OSC
1

5
OSC
2

3
OSC
3

5
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

3
SPA
3

6
SAC
1

2
SAC
2

16
SAC
3

13
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

2
NÜR
3

4
RBR
1

4
RBR
2

2
RBR
3

3
LAU
1

1
LAU
2

1
LAU
3

7
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

Ret
SVK
3

7
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

Ret
HOC
3

9
2nd 240
2014 ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. OSC
1

2
OSC
2

1
OSC
3

8
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

1
ZAN
3

10
LAU
1

1
LAU
2

2
LAU
3

5
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

2
RBR
3

4
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

4
SVK
3

7
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

3
NÜR
3

3
SAC
1

5
SAC
2

8
SAC
3

1
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

4
HOC
3

9
2nd 262

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2015 kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport Mercedes SIL
1

9
SIL
2

12
SIL
3

21
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

4
HOC
3

5
PAU
1

4
PAU
2

18
PAU
3

2
MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

Ret
MNZ
3

10
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

7
SPA
3

8
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

1
NOR
3

Ret
ZAN
1

29
ZAN
2

7
ZAN
3

12
RBR
1

20
RBR
2

14
RBR
3

19
ALG
1

14
ALG
2

14
ALG
3

Ret
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
8th 150
Prema Powerteam HOC
1

4
HOC
2

4
HOC
3

6
2016 Prema Powerteam Mercedes LEC
1

5
LEC
2

Ret
LEC
3

1
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

1
HUN
3

Ret
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

14
PAU
3

13
RBR
1

3
RBR
2

6
RBR
3

3
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

3
NOR
3

5
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

2
ZAN
3

1
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

7
SPA
3

6
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
NÜR
3

1
IMO
1

12
IMO
2

Ret
IMO
3

12
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

8
HOC
3

9
2nd 320
2017 Prema Powerteam Mercedes SIL
1

3
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

4
MNZ
1

7
MNZ
2

4
MNZ
3

3
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

1
PAU
3

1
HUN
1

1
HUN
2

6
HUN
3

6
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

3
NOR
3

2
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

3
SPA
3

Ret
ZAN
1

3
ZAN
2

7
ZAN
3

3
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

13
NÜR
3

7
RBR
1

3
RBR
2

7
RBR
3

5
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

2
HOC
3

1
3rd 383

Complete Macau Grand Prix results

Year Team Car Qualifying Quali Race Main race
2016 Italy Prema Powerteam Dallara F312 7th DNF DNF
2017 Italy Prema Powerteam Dallara F317 4th 4th 5th

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2018 BWT Arden BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

2
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

15†
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

12
MON
FEA

11
MON
SPR

6
LEC
FEA

12
LEC
SPR

11
RBR
FEA

15
RBR
SPR

12
SIL
FEA

8
SIL
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

16
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

9
SPA
SPR

16
MNZ
FEA

12
MNZ
SPR

16
SOC
FEA

16†
SOC
SPR

10
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
14th 41

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2018–19 GEOX Dragon Spark SRT05e Penske EV-3 ADR
15
MRK
12
SCL
Ret
MEX HKG SYX RME
19†
PAR
5
MCO
Ret
BER
14
BRN
5
NYC
Ret
NYC
19
17th 20
2019–20 BMW i Andretti Motorsport Spark SRT05e BMW iFE.20 DIR
18
DIR
11
SCL
1
MEX
11
MRK
2
BER
DSQ
BER
Ret
BER
1
BER
Ret
BER
Ret
BER
12
9th 69
2020–21 BMW i Andretti Motorsport Spark SRT05e BMW iFE.21 DIR
Ret
DIR
Ret
RME
9
RME
5
VLC
Ret
VLC
12
MCO
5
PUE
12
PUE
7
NYC
1
NYC
10
LDN
18
LDN
6
BER
8
BER
15
16th 66
2021–22 Nissan e.dams Spark SRT05e Nissan IM03 DRH
12
DRH
14
MEX
9
RME
Ret
RME
11
MCO
17
BER
18
BER
16
JAK
14
MRK
Ret
NYC
12
NYC
DSQ
LDN
8
LDN
15
SEO
11
SEO
Ret
19th 6
2022–23 Maserati MSG Racing Formula E Gen3 Maserati MEX DRH DRH HYD TBA TBA SAP BER MCO SEO SEO JAK JAK TBA RME RME LDN LDN

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

References

  1. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (13 February 2018). "Mercedes DTM junior Gunther seals 2018 F2 graduation with Arden". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ Smith, Topher (16 October 2018). "Mahindra Racing announces d'Ambrosio and Wehrlein". e-racing.net. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ Hilda, Noor Amylia (12 November 2018). "Günther to partner López at Dragon Racing". e-racing.net. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Felipe Nasr replaces Gunther at Geox Dragon ahead of Mexico". FIA Formula E (in European Spanish). Retrieved 20 April 2022.
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  10. ^ Smith, Topher (18 January 2020). "Günther fights his way to maiden victory in Santiago thriller". Downforce Radio. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
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  17. ^ "Maserati MSG Racing confirms Mortara and Guenther for Season 9". www.fiaformulae.com. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  18. ^ Thukral, Rachit (4 November 2022). "Vandoorne, Gunther to drive Peugeot hypercar in Bahrain test". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  19. ^ Thukral, Rachit (16 November 2022). "Gunther beaming after first prototype test in Peugeot WEC hypercar". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  20. ^ "MaxG". Max Günther official website (in German).

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