Foto: BMW
Photo: BMW

From Thursday, the Formula E teams in Valencia (ESP) will be turning their test laps to focus on the ABB FIA season 7 commence planned for January Prepare for System E World Championship. For BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) are in the BMW iFE. 21 in action. While Dennis is new to the team, Günther is starting his second season as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver after a successful debut year. After setting the best time at the exams in Valencia last year, he achieved two wins and a second place in the racing season. Now he looks ahead to the upcoming season in an interview, names the team’s particular strengths and potential for improvement, assesses his new teammate and explains why he moved to Monaco (MON) in the summer.

Maximilian, how did you get that Time since the finale of season 6 in Berlin?

“For me it went seamlessly into the new one Season. We had the first test drives with the new car right away. In principle, this has continued for me over the past few months: lots of test drives with the new car, simulator tests in Munich and a lot of meetings both virtually and in Munich at BMW Motorsport with my engineers. Since the end of the season in Berlin, we have followed our path and goals in development and have worked on every little detail. I had a lot of fun because I’m a very perfectionist person. The off-season has been very productive so far, and we are all happy that it is starting again. “

But they not only tested, they also moved.

“Exactly, I’m right after the races moved to Monaco in Berlin. It was a great move for me for a variety of reasons. Monaco is a great place for me as an athlete, because the training conditions are first-class, regardless of whether it’s the gym, running tracks or racing bike tracks. Add to that the constant climate with pleasant and warm temperatures all year round, and of course there are a lot of other athletes in Monaco. I also chose the place to be able to live among colleagues and athletes who have a similar draw of life. Even when I was little and watched Formula 1 in Monaco, my two goals were always to race in Monaco and, ideally, to live there too. Both have come true in recent years. ”

How do you prepare for the test drives in Valencia?

“Primarily with simulator drives in Munich. The preparations for such an official Take a look at are actually very similar to the preparations for a race weekend. The point is to simulate different scenarios here too. From driving fast on a lap like in qualifying, to racing simulations with a view to energy efficiency, everything is planned and tested. Of course, there are also a few other things that are in the foreground during test drives, such as different location us and certain ideas that you want to check out before the season. “

Last year, with the overall best time, it was excellent for you.

“The test drives actually went very well for me. I was new to the team then. The Exclaim is of course completely different now, I know the team very well by now, and of course there are different requirements. After a whole year of working together, you know exactly what makes the other person tick and you can build on this common basis. In general, the team has remained identical and has already become a family. I feel very comfortable with the team and look forward to starting the new season with the experiences from last year. “

Since relatively little changes to the vehicles compared to season 6, can you as a driver make even more of a difference in cooperation with your race engineer?

“I would say that the driver is more in the foreground in Formula E than in other series. That’s a lot of fun about the series. It’s extremely challenging – and yes, working with the race engineers is incredibly important. On TV you often get snippets of how much we communicate. This is planned down to the last ingredient and every agreement has to be right. We now blindly rely on each other and know exactly what the other is talking about – and all of this under great stress and massive time pressure. That is incredibly great and a great basis that we developed in the past season and that we can now build on. “

Where do you see the greatest strengths in yourself and the team?

“Our greatest strength is that we are incredibly compact as a team. We have all the ingredients to achieve a lot in this championship. We know very well what is important. The art at us is that we work and tinker with ingredients and try to optimize everything, but at the end of the day we still know exactly what is important and go into a racing weekend with a very clear mindset. I believe that in this way we as a team can deal very well with all the challenges of Formula E that come up every weekend. “

Where can you improve the most compared to Season 6?

“Of course there is always room for improvement and you try to work on all the little things. I think a special challenge in Formula E is the qualifying structure. Last season we were snappily exclusively in Group 1, which is of course a good sign because it means that you are consistently way up in the championship, but of course it also brings a lot of challenges. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get out of Group 1 into the Effectively-organized Pole often enough, or basically in a good starting position. Of course we took a very close look at that over the off-season and also drew the right conclusions, I think. “

How well do you already know your new team-mate Jake Dennis? 240 “I already know Jake from Formula 3 -Times, we were 2015 even for a race teammates. We had a very good relationship and we exchanged huge amounts of us right from the start during the test drives. In the end, we just started working together straight away. I’m really happy that Jake is on the team and that we can start the new season together. He’s a guy who has a lot of technical know-how, also through his experience in the simulator at Red Bull Racing and the races in the DTM, where he has already done motorsport at a very high level. I think it fits very well into Formula E and nothing stands in the way of successful cooperation among teammates. “

How do you deal with the uncertainty due to the pandemic exclaim – also with regard to the racing calendar?

“Of course it’s a very special exclaim with Corona, that affects us all. I try to deal with the uncertainty about the races as relaxed as possible and not worry too much in advance. Flexibility is the most important thing here. Of course I accept that to 100 Percent and prepare myself to deal with all the challenges associated with it as intestine as possible. “

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