Maximilian Günther is relishing the chance to sample a Formula E car in Marrakesh next month after the multiple Formula 3 race winner was targeted by Dragon Racing to appear in the Rookie Test.
Günther, 20, will join Andrea Caldarelli in testing for the American team next month immediately after the Marrakesh E-Prix.
Mercedes factory driver Günther is set to undertake another season in the junior single-seater ranks in 2018, but told e-racing365 of his attraction to Formula E, calling it “an interesting series for young racing drivers” and “something that is becoming bigger and bigger.”
Günther will get his first simulator experience in a Formula E environment next weekend with a session booked in at the RS Simulator in Monaco.
Dragon has already met Günther and conducted a seat fitting prior to the Christmas break when he was invited to test by the Jay Penske-fronted team.
“I am really happy that I got this invitation from Dragon Racing which is a great opportunity to learn the car,” Günther told e-racing365.
“It is something totally new and I took this opportunity. The team is really nice and I had a very good and familiar first meeting with them.”
Günther, who was given the blessing to get initial mileage in a Formula E car by Mercedes, will get up to six hours of running on the Sunday at Marrakesh.
“I am really keen to see how the car feels especially under acceleration,” explained Günther.
“The tires and [having] less aerodynamics is something totally new, but I am used to street circuits and I like them a lot.
“I have spoken to some guys who have told me it is really something new but it is a nice challenge. I have watched a couple of races and it is very exciting especially with the energy management and less aero.
“It is great racing at the moment.”
Interview conducted by Rene de Boer