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BMW to Test Guenther in Spain

Max Guenther is set to test for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Spain this week…

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BMW i Andretti Motorsport will test Max Guenther in Spain later this week as it continues pre-homologation testing with its 2019-20 test car.

Guenther, who drove for GEOX Dragon in all but three of last season’s races, is being evaluated as a potential replacement for Antonio Felix da Costa who is expected to join DS Techeetah next month.

E-racing365 reported earlier this month that da Costa has been targeted by DS Techeetah as a replacement for the Porsche-bound Andre Lotterer.

Twenty-two-year-old Guenther impressed in several races last season and outscored teammate Jose Maria Lopez by 17 points after two fifth place finishes at the Paris and Bern E-Prix.

Da Costa was scheduled to test for the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team at Calafat alongside Alexander Sims but plans are understood to have changed last week as da Costa’s extrication from his BMW contract continues.

Guenther started his racing career in the 2011 Formula BMW Talent Cup, the BMW youth development program at the time.

He then became a Mercedes-affiliated driver during two seasons of Formula 3 in 2016 and 2017 before a sole Formula 2 campaign with the Arden team in 2018.

E-racing365 understands that Guenther is currently the preferred option to replace da Costa should his anticipated departure from the team be completed in the coming days.

Sims is likely to be given a second season with the team after several strong showings during the 2018-19 campaign.

“Alexander showed some really very good attributes during his rookie season,” BMW i Andretti Motorsport team principal Roger Griffiths told e-racing365 last week.

“He had a lot of bad luck but he kept trying and as we saw in New York he can be a great team player and also a genuine contender at the front too.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    hellothere

    July 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    i wish him the best luke 🙂 🙂 🙂 i hope he becomes nexts year F.E champion and also climbs to F1 and win 15 times the WDC at least

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    hellothere

    July 28, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    oh and i also wish the best to drogon racing and his owner jay peneske, best team ever of the history of motorsports

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    Chris

    July 29, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Wonder who Dragon are going for next season. I guess Nasr might be back.

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      Anon

      July 29, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Maybe both him and current reserve driver Antonio Fuoco since Lopez is likely to depart Dragon as well. I could also see Audi reserve Nico Muller (since he said he’s ready for a Season 6 driver) and Santiago Urrutia as potential candidates.

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