Maserati is serious

They just arrived, but Maserati is taking it very seriously. Leaving behind his stage as Venturi, the brand debuts as the first Italian team in Formula E and, after three days of testing, they can say that their debut has not gone bad. It is true that the day of truth will not arrive until next January 14 in Mexico, but at least the feelings with the new Gen3 are more than positive. And it is that the team does not expect less from a lineup of pilots that has little to send to the rest of the manufacturers. Edoardo Mortara is the image of experience in front of a Maximilian Gunther newcomer to the team after his time at Nissan.

And, despite the equality of conditions that the electric category exposes, it seems that the German has not adapted at all badly. At 25 years old, he being the youngest driver to win a race in Formula E, Gunther has led every day of the tests at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. Well, with the exception of Thursday, when it was decided to give an hour of filming during the dedicated press day, to give extra time to the drivers with the Gen3. He also did not do badly in the ‘experimental’ qualifying, where he took pole position, and the mock race, where he finished second. However, he was the birds of the head because the season has not started and he does not want pressure. “It’s not a race weekend,” he recalls, downplaying the times of the tests and taking into account that the Valencian track is not part of the official calendar of the championship, characterized by urban circuits.

“Each circuit on the calendar is different and this is a pre-season test. What we need is to do our homework to learn as much as possible for the racing season and have everything in place”, adds Max, who faces this season with “new challenges” with a car that is lighter, more powerful and more difficult to control on asphalt than its predecessor, the Gen2. “There are still many things to understand”, he indicates, but he is sure that the car “is going to go well”, although until other circuits are visited it will not be possible to “extract all the power” from the new machine. And it is that they have not had much time to shoot either: the first time they rolled with the real competition cars was last Tuesday and They are already going straight to the first race.

Max Gunther, in the Valencia tests.


Max Gunther, in the Valencia tests.Simon GallowaySimon Galloway/LAT Images

Racing Changes

The car, the tires are changed… but the new generation of Formula E also keeps some changes in the format. The most important thing is that the races will be by laps and not by time. A measure that Max Gunther already applauds by making the competition “more transparent for the fans.” “I think the new format is easier for people, so it’s a big step,” says the 25-year-old driver, although he is aware that they will have to be smarter because everything will depend on the energy they manage to save until the end of the race. : “The more you have, the more opportunities to overtake you will have.”

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They were even able to test the format last Wednesday, although, as Mortara indicated, it is “more of a test”, so it is “very easy in terms of energy management”. “We will have to manage better in the next few races because that is what makes racing fun. We had some small problems at the end of the race, but it’s part of learning. It was good to do one before Mexico, so we can see and understand the problems to find solutions for the first real race”, he adds.

Alonso’s new pupil

Among the many news of the week within Formula E, the signing of Maximilian Gunther by A14 Management, Fernando Alonso’s representation agency, was announced. Just landed on this project, the German talks about how he feels to be able to share time with the two-time champion: “Fernando is great to work with. We have achieved this collaboration with him and continue working with my family, with my father, on representation issues. I’m very excited to get started.”

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