BMW’s Maximilian Gunther, has said that winning his maiden Formula E race at last weekend’s Santiago E-Prix was a “dream come true”.
Gunther, whose best result prior to last weekend was a pair of fifths, had a difficult start to the opening two races of the season at Diriyah, but had a much stronger round at Santiago, after qualifying second for the race.
He also spent the majority of the race fighting in the top three before making a late move on António Félix da Costa on the final lap to secure his first win in the championship, making him the youngest driver to win a Formula E race in the process.
Speaking after the race, Gunther said: “Today is a dream come true. I am incredibly happy to take the first win of my Formula E career here in Santiago.
“Second place in qualifying was superb.
“Having not made a great start on the dirty side of the track, which cost me a position, we used ATTACK MODE very cleverly to allow me to take the lead.
“In the heat, it was also important to keep an eye on the temperature of the batteries. We did that really well.
“On the final lap, António had to coast a little earlier than me on the straight. I thought to myself ‘now or never’ and went for the overtake. Fortunately, it came off.”
With Gunther’s win adding to his team-mate, Alex Sims’ win at the second round at Diriyah, BMW i Andretti Motorsport now sit at the top of the team’s standings, and Team Principal, Roger Griffiths is delighted at how competitive his team has been so far this season.
“When he crossed the finish line, the celebrations in the garage were deafening.” commented Griffiths.
“To have won two races in a row and lead the Team competition feels damn good. I am delighted for Max.
“After the disappointment in Diriyah, where he was subsequently denied second place after the race, he has done it this time and claimed his first win. Together with his race engineer, he drove a very clever race.”