FE: Gunther “over the moon” with victory

The winner of the third 2020 Berlin E-Prix Max Gunther was ecstatic to take victory after fighting Jean-Eric Vergne and Robin Frijns for the honour.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I’m over the moon for myself and the entire team to have won my home race here in Berlin.” said Gunther.

“It was an incredibly intense race right to the end. I planned to attack Jean-Eric Vergne late on, but then Robin Frijns came very close to me again with a little more energy.

“I had to give everything to withstand the pressure and not let him past me on the final lap. Ultimately, our plan turned out perfectly.”

When he made his superb overtake on Vergne, Gunther was at the time being told on the radio to wait until the final lap and not to get flustered or impatient.

Still Gunther pulled off a calm, clinical move to get a beautiful switchback on Vergne out of turn seven and then pulled away from the reigning champion.

2020 Berlin E-Prix III
Gunther was fast all day around the Traditional Berlin Tempelhof Circuit © BMW-i Andretti FE Team

Roger Griffiths, BMW-i Andretti Team Principal said: “Maximilian drove incredibly cleverly and calmly, saving energy in Vergne’s slipstream before pulling off a great manoeuvre.”

Gunther was able to qualify on the front row this time whereas he has been marred in the midfield in previous rounds.

Gunther said: “No doubt one of the keys to this was that after the two previous races we managed to qualify up there at the front this time around.”

Roger Griffiths also said: “The team made an incredible turnaround from nowhere to victory. 48 hours ago we were all standing around with long faces.

“Now I’m incredibly proud of every single team member. We’ve worked very hard since Thursday and analysed our problems. It paid off.

“With the home win for Maximilian and BMW i Motorsport, it is a very special day for the whole team – but for me personally as well.

Gunther is now second in the championship but still is a long way off Antonio Felix Da Costa who leads convincingly.