13 Jul 20

BMW's Max Guenther: 'As soon as you're content in Formula E, you get overtaken'

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Max Guenther is sitting pretty in fourth in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship Drivers’ standings heading into the nine-day six-race half-season set for Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport on August 5 and he can’t wait to hit the race track again.

The German made the move from Geox Dragon to BMW i Andretti Motorsport over the off-season, and having managed a best finish of fifth in his debut campaign with the former, he secured a maiden victory in Santiago this time around.

It was a ‘dream moment’ for the 23-year-old, and one he hopes the team can build on over the second half of the campaign to come in Berlin.

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“The first few months working with my new BMW i Andretti Motorsport team has been fantastic,” he said. “We developed a great relationship very quickly and we’re all working in the same direction.

“We’ve put the basics in place in the first five races for us to build upon and keep improving in all areas. The highlights have been the two podiums and in particular, the race in Santiago.

“I’ve never been one to make any predictions about what’s to come. What I can say is that everything is up for grabs. We just need to focus on ourselves and put things together day by day on each of the race days coming up.

“We’ll try to extract everything from our package until the end of the season and we’ll see how many points we have compared to the competition.”

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'It'll be special to be back'

Like the rest of the paddock, Guenther's more than keen to get back out on track after such a long hiatus.

During lockdown, he and the team have been working flat out to ensure that a good start to the 2019/20 is built upon when the cars roll out of the pit-lane for the first time in the best part of six months in Berlin on August 5.

"It’s going to be an amazing feeling to drive again," added Guenther. "We’ve done all the Esports and simulation but we just want to go back to racing for real.

"There’s something special about these cars. Pushing them, with all their modern technologies to the very limit is something I’m really looking forward to doing again.

"The competition of facing the other 23 drivers and working together with my team is something I’ve missed. After such a long break, it’s going to be special for everybody to be back.

"I’ve done all my workouts and my fitness regime as usual in lockdown and I’ve tried to stay in good shape. There’s also been a lot of work together with the team in virtual meetings as well as in the simulator in Munich.

"We’re all trying to be as ready as possible by improving in all areas, even if we’ve not been able to race in real life.

"I feel we can make good decisions and tweaks on race weekend – that’s the one thing we’ve not been able to put into practice in lockdown.

"Racing is about keeping improving. As soon as you start to be happy, you will get overtaken. The competition is so high, and we’ve been pushing a lot – as much as we could – including all the fine details.

"There’s always something you can improve on and I feel we’ve been very productive. After the first five races, I’m definitely satisfied so far but we always want more."

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