Road Trip

Max storms to Maserati’s first single-seater podium in 66 years

Maserati MSG Racing battled to an emphatic podium in the first race of the double-header 2023 Berlin E-Prix, with local hero Maximilian Günther securing third.

The German racer scored the Maserati brand’s first single-seater podium in 66 years, since five-time Formula One World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1957 German Grand Prix.

Max started from the fourth row of the grid after extracting strong pace in the group qualifying stages to secure his place in the head-to-head duels.

Portrait, Podium, eprix, people Maximilian Gunther, Maserati MSG Racing, 3rd position, on the podium

Team-mate Edoardo Mortara lined up 11th after qualifying, but the duo made good progress in the race and remained in contention throughout.

While Max advanced to fifth with a sweeping move around the outside of Turn One, Edo slipped to 15th, although he made quick progress to fight through the field.

The Swiss-Italian battled deftly into the top 10 to take the lead on lap 11 of 40 after overtaking reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne before the race was neutralized by a Safety Car on lap 12.

Given the high energy sensitivity of the Tempelhof Circuit, the race evolved into a high-speed peloton, and a second Safety Car on lap 20 created another vital opportunity to save energy.

By this time, Max had recovered to the top five and was in direct contention with Mitch Evans, Sam Bird, and Sebastien Buemi as the quartet jockeyed for position and victory.

action, eprix Maximilian Gunther, Maserati MSG Racing, Maserati Tipo Folgore

After the Jaguar pair broke out ahead, Max continued to duel with Buemi and came out on top in a drag race against the Swiss on the final lap up to the chequered flag.

Edging ahead of the Envision by 0.111 seconds, Max scored our first podium of the season, while Edo also finished inside the top 10 with ninth to secure a double-point finish.

Max commented after his win: “This is such an incredible feeling! After the season we’ve had and the challenges we’ve faced – and now overcome – it feels so good to be on the podium. Achieving this at my home race, in Berlin, makes it an even more satisfying way to celebrate, and knowing that I’m the first driver since Fangio to finish on the podium for Maserati in single-seater motorsport is a great honor. The race was hard-fought throughout, and my battle with Seb at the end – knowing that so much was on the line – was intense. I’m so proud of everyone on the team for achieving this result, and with the benefit of a double-header, we will try to keep this momentum going.“

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