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Guenther Set to Partner Sims at BMW

BMW close to finalizing a driver pairing of Alexander Sims and Maximilian Guenther…

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Maximilian Guenther is in prime position to be named as a BMW i Andretti Motorsport Formula E driver next month, joining Alexander Sims, who is set to undertake a second season with the team.

E-racing365 can reveal that Guenther is testing again with BMW at the Miramas facility in the south of France this week.

He has been targeted by BMW to replace the DS Techeetah-bound Antonio Felix da Costa and had his first run with the team at Calafat last month.

Since that time Guenther’s relationship with BMW has developed and he is expected to become a race driver for the 2019-20 season, with confirmation coming when the team is launched just ahead of the official Valencia test in October.

The 22-year-old impressed in his maiden Formula E campaign last season after securing two fifth places for GEOX Dragon in Paris and Bern.

These results came despite Guenther being temporarily dropped early in the season for the races in Mexico City, Hong Kong and Sanya where Felipe Nasr took over his seat.

BMW i Andretti has previously used several drivers in a testing capacity for its Formula E program, including DTM regulars Bruno Spengler, Marco Wittmann and Joel Eriksson.

Guenther is being joined at this week’s test by Sims as the team begins its post-homologation testing period.

BMW i Andretti finished fifth in last year’s teams’ standings after taking one victory with da Costa at Ad Diriyah and four other podium positions during the campaign.

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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    chupadmelaposha

    September 3, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    he sucks but porbably bmw wants a nazi driver

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    Chris

    September 4, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I wasn’t sure about Guenther at first but considering how he was treated by Dragon, he did well. Good to see Sims get a second season too. He just needs a tiny bit of luck and he’ll be fighting for podiums regularly.

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