GEOX Dragon driver Max Guenther says he is now focused on his new role as test and reserve driver with the American team but wants to return to racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Guenther was forced to step down from the team as driver of the No. 6 Penske EV-3 after just three races when Felipe Nasr inked a deal to race for the rest of the season.
The German will attend next weekend’s Hong Kong E-Prix in his new capacity as a test and reserve driver.
Dragon released a statement to some media ahead of the Mexico City E-Prix saying that its strategy on replacing Guenther with Nasr has been part of a “three-race program”.
It said it was “designed to leverage the knowledge Maximilian gained as the team’s test and reserve driver, while also giving the young pilot the opportunity to demonstrate his capabilities.”
E-racing365 believes that Nasr’s deal with Dragon covers the duration of Season Five, apart from the Rome E-Prix which clashes with the Long Beach IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, and includes an option for the 2019-20 season.
Guenther concurred with Penske’s explanation of the early season switch, saying he was always aware of the possibility he could lose his race seat.
“As a race driver you always want to race so of course I missed not being in the cockpit at Mexico but that is just the way that it is,” said Guenther.
“The agreement for the season was to share the car with another driver and I knew at one point that will be coming.
“I accepted the decision of the team and I am now doing what I am required to do and do the best possible job I can do in this situation.”
Question Marks on Guenther Return
There remains a confused picture on Guenther’s chances of racing again for Dragon this season, with the team looking at the possibility of running Raffaele Marciello in Rome.
The Italian GT ace is believed to be a potential option for his home E-Prix on April 14, and shared the No. 7 Penske EV-3 with Jose Maria Lopez in the Mexico City test.
“I just concentrate on myself and what I can do to deliver good performances from my side and any of those things I don’t need to comment on,” explained Guenther.
“There is nothing said or defined at the moment about [more races] so for the moment I am the test and reserve driver for the team and that is it.
“I am contracted to the team for Formula E but in terms of management I am completely free and doing it by myself and with my father.
“My current status as the test and reserve driver also includes testing and development work for Season Six so this is an important part of my job now and I will be doing.”
Should Marciello drive in Rome, it could put Dragon in a difficult position as it would have reached its limit of two driver changes per car, per season.
Should the team elect to run Guenther in Nasr’s place, this would not constitute an additional driver change as the German was nominated. in the full-season entry list.