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Günther: “My vision is to fight at the very top”

Max Günther has stirred up a lot of interest within the paddock lately after showcasing some strong performances this season. Ahead of the season finale in NYC, we caught up with the GEOX Dragon driver to find out his goals within the all-electric series. 

Overall, how would you rate your performance with GEOX Dragon this season?

“I’m satisfied with my season so far. The highlights have been our two top five finishes at Paris and Bern, but as well many strong qualifying results with some Super Pole appearances.”

As a driver, has your mindset changed since the first few races? 

“I would say it’s mainly the experience that I gained in this very strong championship. As a driver you always want the same, it’s to fight for the best positions possible.”

What is your approach coming into the final two rounds of the season?

“Of course everybody within the team wants to show great results at our home race. The approach will be the same as always, to focus on ourselves and extract everything from our package.”

What do you think of Formula E’s qualifying format?

“I love it, it’s really demanding for the drivers as you only have one shot which decides the starting grid. To put everything together under this amount of pressure is something that I enjoy a lot.”

Gunther in Bern. Photo: Formula E/LAT

Does not being in a full-time seat affect your performance in any way?

“It has not been easier like this for sure, but my philosophy always maintained the same which is to fully focus on myself and do the best possible job in each situation.”

As a driver, what attracts you to Formula E?

“Definitely the level of competitiveness. On the one hand between us drivers, but as well with all this strong teams and manufactures that push the level higher and higher.”

What have you learned so far this season?

“In Formula E, there are many things that are new compared to other championships. Strategically there is lots of opportunities in the race and as well the whole weekend format is unique. I would say it’s the general approach to a race weekend which differs from other championships where you usually have more practices before going into qualifying and the race.”

It’s been quite a challenging season for the team, how do you stay cool on track?

“I’m a person who always focuses as much as possible on myself and what is ahead of me. We all have the same mission, my job is to perform outside on track.”

Günther in the Dragon Racing Penske EV-3 in Rome. Photo: Formula E/LAT

What has been the hardest challenge for you this season?

“I would say it has been the weekend at Paris with all the changing weather conditions during the entire day. I really like to adapt quickly to new situations and it was great to have a strong weekend like this with many points.”

What matters to you most when working in a team?

“Definitely the general atmosphere in a team. It can be many good people working together, but if the harmony is not well, the outcome won’t be as strong as if everybody trusts each other and pushes into the same direction.”

Could you tell us a bit about your future plans?

“I see my future in Formula E and clearly my vision is to fight at the very top as soon as possible.”

About Noor Amylia Hilda
Noor Amylia Hilda is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur with bylines in titles such as Women's Health, Esquire and ELLE. She is also a freelance motorsport journalist covering the FIA Formula E championship and Formula 1.