Max Gunther in Berlin © BMW

Max Günther was disqualified from the first Formula E round in Berlin after using too much power.

Günther finished eighth on the road this evening in Berlin after starting twelfth.

“The disqualification is a great shame, but we accept it and focus on the next race.” said Günther after the race.

“Our energy management was very good again today, and I was able to improve a few positions in the race, even though I was unfortunate with Attack Mode in a number of situations and consequently lost ground. Generally speaking, it was fantastic to be back in a race car.”

Team Principal Roger Griffiths said: “We disputed Maximilian Günther’s disqualification intensely with the FIA, because we believe everything was okay, however we obviously accept the decision.”

Günther came through to eighth in the race after he spun championship contender Mitch Evans round a few minutes from the end of the race.

Günther dropped to fifth from fourth in the championship as a result of the race, being jumped by Stoffel Vandoorne who finished sixth in the race.

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His teammate Alex Sims had a worse qualifying starting in 16th but came through the field to finish 10th on the road, which became ninth after Günther’s penalty.

“All in all, that was a tough day. It actually started well for me, with sixth place in the first practice session. Then we possibly went the wrong way a little with our set-up, and consequently lost some ground.” said Sims.

“Our speed was really good again in the race. Although the balance was not perfect, I was able to work my way into the top ten. We must definitely work on our qualifying performance for the coming races.”

Roger Griffiths said: ““After what we saw in practice, we really thought we had a chance of making it into the Superpole in qualifying. Unfortunately, in hindsight, our strategy of two warm-up laps for the tyres was probably not ideal.

“When you then have to start quite a long way down the field, it is obviously difficult to battle through to the front in the race. Despite that, thanks to our efficient drivetrain, we were still initially able to achieve our goal for today of finishing in the top ten with both cars.

“From a sporting point of view, looking ahead to the coming races, we must take one or two steps forward to get where we want to be – on the podium.”

Berlin II gets underway on Thursday for the second race on the reverse Berlin layout.

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