FP2 REPORT: Guenther goes quickest ahead of Berlin qualifying

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FP2 REPORT: Guenther goes quickest ahead of Berlin qualifying

Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Guenther was top of the timesheets in the final free practice  session before qualifying at the 2024 SUN MINIMEAL Berlin E-Prix.


Guenther was able to set a time of 1m02.177s in the final moments of the 30 minute session to give his home crowd something to cheer about. Just behind him was the ABT CUPRA of Lucas di Grassi, as the Season 3 champion hopes this is a sign of things to come at the newly-redesigned Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit. 

TAG Heuer Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein managed to finish FP2 in third, despite not being able to set any time in yesterday’s session after a technical issue. Mahindra Racing’s Edoardo Mortara slotted into fourth with DS PENSKE’s Jean-Eric Vergne completing the top five. 

As it happened… 

For TAG Heuer Porsche, they were able to get championship leader Pascal Wehrlein out on track. The German, who is still yet to win his home race, was forced to stop on track yesterday after suffering a battery issue and led to the team breaking their curfew last night to fix the issue. 

Maximilian Guenther of Maserati MSG Racing was able to put himself top of the timesheets with just under ten minutes of the session underway. However, the former Tokyo E-Prix winner was handed a black and white flag for driving unnecessarily slowly going into that final corner. He wasn’t the only one as in the final moments of the session, DS PENSKE’s Jean-Eric Vergne did the same.

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Making the most of the last practice session before qualifying, drivers were pushing their cars to the limits. Yet, one going a bit too far was Envision Racing’s Joel Eriksson who clipped the wall on one of his runs. The Swedish driver is working as a super substitute at the reigning Teams’ World Champions, after both their drivers had previous commitments in another racing series. 

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With ten minutes left on the clock, a brief red flag was deployed to collect a rogue advertising banner. Yet, teams were quickly sent back out again. 

ABT CUPRA’s Lucas di Grassi was comfortably at the top of the timesheets with a 1m02.189s for a large majority of the session, yet was knocked off the top spot by Guenther by the time of the chequered flag. Regardless, it’s a promising result for the team that are celebrating their home race this weekend.