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Guenther Returns to GEOX Dragon for Rome

GEOX Dragon has recalled Max Guenther to replace Felipe Nasr for the Rome E-Prix….

Photo: Max Guenther/Spacesuit Media

Max Guenther will return to the cockpit of the No. 6 GEOX Dragon car at next month’s Rome E-Prix.

After being replaced by Felipe Nasr earlier in the season, Guenther will return to the car he drove in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Chile.

Nasr in unable to compete in Rome due to his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship commitments with Action Express Racing at Long Beach on the same weekend.

Guenther’s return to the No. 6 Dragon entry will be temporary, with Nasr returning at Paris, as the Brazilian has a deal to see him through the rest of the season which is also believed to have an option for 2019-20.

“I am thrilled to be back at the wheel of the Penske EV-3 No. 6 in Rome,” said Guenther.

“In the past weeks, I have supported the GEOX Dragon team as a development driver in the simulator and as a reserve driver at the races on site.

“I can’t wait to race again in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and I will give it my all to score my first points in the series.”

The original decision to replace Guenther came after a convoluted process which dates back to December.

Nasr was originally lined up for a run at the Marrakesh rookie test but contractual complications, which e-racing365 understands centered around a race deal and his existing contract with Action Express, prevented this.

This kept the Brazilian out of the cockpit at the test but the plans were finalized shortly after and Guenther was asked to step down.

Team principal Jay Penske claims that a preexisting plan to run Guenther for an initial period before another driver got into the seat was in place prior to the start of the campaign.

The situation was further complicated at the Mexico City E-Prix in February when Raffaele Marciello tested for the team, sharing Jose Maria Lopez’s cockpit at the post-race test session.

E-racing365 reported that Marciello was considering the possibility of racing at his home event in a potential double duty weekend dovetailing the Rome E-Prix and the Monza Blancpain GT Series round.

However, this is understood to not have been achievable and the team elected to recall Guenther back into the No. 6 cockpit for one race only.

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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