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Günther an “Excellent Prospect” says Dragon Tech Chief

Maximilian Günther made “a really positive impression” on the Dragon Racing team after his running at the Marrakesh rookie test last weekend…

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Maximilian Günther made “a really positive impression” on Dragon Racing after his running at the Marrakesh Formula E rookie test last weekend, according to team technical chief Nigel Beresford.

Günther finished the two test sessions with fourth- and third-fastest times respectively in a Penske EV-2 normally driven by regular race driver Jerome d’Ambrosio.

“We were very pleased indeed with Max during the duration of the test,” Beresford told e-racing365.

“He kept it really clean all day long and didn’t put a foot wrong. Ally this to his feedback, which was excellent, he is an excellent prospect.

Beresford, who during his distinguished career in the sport has worked with Jean Alesi, Gil de Ferran and Emerson Fittipaldi gauged Günther’s test positively, largely due to the speed in which he understood some of the technical nuances of Formula E.

“These cars are not like anything else and the way he settled in to it so quickly was impressive. To understand and get a feeling for the brakes and the mechanical feeling of the car immediately is very impressive,” said Beresford.

“What I liked about him was his professionalism for such a young a relatively inexperienced guy. He was inquisitive and understanding of a lot around a Formula E. It is clear he is a driver with a massive amount of potential to make an excellent career.”

“It was good, I enjoyed it a lot. For sure something totally different to what I’m used to,” Günther told e-racing365.

“All in all, I adapted well to the car, I had a good feeling. For sure every time you are allowed out of the pits and have some laps you learn more about the car.

“It was challenging, new challenges compared to other racing cars. At the beginning I thought I was going to miss the sound while driving, but as soon as you start to push it’s not missing.

“It’s just a cool challenge to drive those cars.

Beresford also stated that the team’s other driver at the test, Andrea Caldarelli, showed good aptitude during the running despite an accident.

“Andrea got caught out a bit by the brakes a bit which we all know are exceptionally tricky to master,” Beresford said.

“He went off at turn one and knocked a corner off but after that he settled down and ran through his program well.

“Like Max, he gave us some good feedback and overall did a good job for us.”

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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