Maximilian Günther: Maserati package “competitive” despite qualification difficulties

That wasn’t the season opener Maximilian Gunther expected on Mexico City E-Prixwhereby the German did not make it into the duels and the points in the race.

Many had expected the star of pre-season testing to shine at the first race of the 2022/23 season ABB FIA Formula E World Championshipwith Maserati MSG Racing to have looked strong in preseason. In defense of Gunther and Maserati, the teams that looked strong pre-season had strange problems Autodromo Hermanos Rodraguezwith the high altitude in Mexico City making the new Hankook Tires on temperature a challenge.

After starting 17th, Günther demonstrated strong pace throughout the race, moving up six places with the Maserati Tipo Folgore’s ‘efficiency’ looking better than most. In the end, in eleventh place, he missed the points by a hair’s breadth.

While Günther was likely disappointed with the first lap result after struggling to find the ‘sweet spot’ of the tires, he is at least pleased with the data the team has gained since the start of the Gen3 era.

“This weekend has been tough for us as a team. At the high altitude it was quite difficult to get the tires in the optimal zone, which affected our pace in qualifying. Starting from the back our pace was much better in the race and our efficiency and strategy proved to be competitive.

“I was able to move up a few places, but unfortunately we were only just inside the top 10. We’ve collected a lot of data this weekend and now all we have to do is review our performance and focus on our progress, and come in stronger Riyadh back.â€‌

“I found it quite challenging to find a good balance” – Edoardo Mortara

On the other side of the Monte Carlo team’s garage, it was a miserable weekend for them Edoardo Mortara. One of the stars of Formula E’s Gen2 era found the first weekend of Gen3 extremely challenging as the Swiss driver struggled to “find a good rhythm in the car”.

Mortara qualified in 16th place and made a solid start to the race after overtaking Rene Rast in the opening round. After that he made up another place Dan Ticktum had to pit to serve a penalty before his own race came to an abrupt end. The 36-year-old overtook on the first corner and slid straight into the tire barriers, ending his race on lap 18. The spin was the result of a sudden “oversteer” that left Mortara helpless.

Mortara was clearly disappointed with the way the weekend went in Mexico City after the team had looked so good in pre-season; However, like his team-mate, he hopes that the data collected will lead to a better performance in the upcoming race Diriyah E-Prix.

“This weekend wasn’t our best. After the pace we had in Valencia I found it difficult to find a good rhythm in the car, especially over one lap. I managed to come back in the race and I think we were in a good position up until the crash, especially with our pace and our energy side.

“I found it quite difficult to find a good balance on the tires and a bit of oversteer made me swerve in the first corner. Overall there were few positives but we will look closely at our data, understand what happened and come back for Diriyah.”

Photo credit: Maserati MSG Racing


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