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Guenther Impressed by “Really Exciting” Santiago Track

Maximilian Guenther expects the Santiago track this weekend to see plenty of action…

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GEOX Dragon’s Maximilian Guenther expects the brand-new Parque O’Higgins circuit in Santiago to provide several challenges to drivers this weekend.

The 21 year-old German spent several days in the RS Simulator in Monaco last week familiarizing himself with the new 1.53-mile circuit.

“The track is really good fun on the sim,” Guenther told e-racing365. “The first sector is very fluent which will benefit good rhythm and flow to be quick.

“Then it turns into something different in the second sector which is where you will need good acceleration as there are long-straights broken up by a very tight chicane.”

Guenther pinpointed the final sector as one which could see flashpoints during the race.

This part of the circuit sees two tight hairpins to be negotiated before the end of the lap.

“The last sector has two very slow hairpins which even for Formula E will be unique as the speed will be very slow indeed and it is full steering lock to get around them,” he said.

“I imagine that these corners will be inviting everybody to put the car inside but we will have to see, it will be really exciting.

“With the new format, as we have seen already the races can turn out to be flat-out and if this is the case I think that the hairpins will see some diving to the inside.

“But it will be interesting with two cars and will take some management.

“I still need to see on the track walk these two corners but it could be that a lot might be decided here depending on what sort of race we have.”

The attack zone area for this Saturday’s Santiago E-Prix will be located at the entrance to the third turn of the circuit.

The zone will see drivers negotiate a flat out kink before peeling off to the zone which is located on the outside of turn three, a medium speed left hand corner.

Test Conclusions to Be Shared Across Team

Guenther said that the data gathered from the rookie test at Marrakesh will be shared across the team.

GEOX Dragon had its overall testing time compromized during the day when ongoing and complex contractual negotiations between the team and Felipe Nasr’s representatives ensured only one car could run during the six hours of running.

This meant that Guenther’s No. 6 Penske EV-3 didn’t turn a wheel while Jose-Maria Lopez’s regular mount completed 89 laps with Antonio Fuoco who also set the third fastest overall time.

“It was a shame that we could only run with [Jose Maria Lopez’s] car but we still found some good improvements that step-by-step should gain performance,” said Guenther.

“We can clearly see that we have some good potential in our package.

“As a team if you learn something from the testing or the races it is always a benefit for both sides of the garage, so this we will do for sure.”

“We need to make these steps together to stay at a good level because if you stop or delay development it is not good regarding performance.”

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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