Maserati MSG Racing driver Maximilian Guenther. Photo : Bola.com
JAKARTA, JAKTIMES.COM – Maserati MSG Racing driver Maximilian Guenther has successfully become the champion once again, proving himself as the ruler of the Ancol Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit in the ninth season/eleventh race of the Formula E, on Sunday.
Guenther secured his first-ever Formula E championship title, setting the best time of 1 minute 09.37 seconds after defeating several strong contenders, including Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti), who had to settle for the runner-up position.
“This is fantastic progress. I am very grateful and happy with the hard work of my team. I enjoyed the race here and was able to perform my best,” said Guenther.
Dennis trailed behind the German driver by 2.82 seconds. Behind him was Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) with a considerable time difference of around 18.4 seconds from Guenther.
“I think Max and Maserati did a good job. I hope to achieve better results in the upcoming races,” Dennis said.
“I feel like I could have done better than this. But regardless, this is a better result than the race yesterday (10th race),” added Evans, as quoted by Jaktimes.com from Antara.
Guenther’s journey was not entirely smooth. Although he started the race from the first position after securing the pole position in the intense qualifying round.
Guenther tried to maintain the lead, but Dennis and Evans took turns in claiming the first position during the race.
Both Dennis and Evans had a taste of leading the race, but Guenther calmly but surely regained and secured his initial position from the middle to the end of the 38-lap race.
The top five list is completed by the Nissan Formula E duo Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato, with time differences of 19.3 seconds and 19.9 seconds, respectively.
Furthermore, the ninth season/10th race champion, Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche), couldn’t hold back the dominance of his rivals and repeated his victory in Jakarta by finishing in sixth position. Behind him were his teammate Antonio Felix da Costa, Edoardo Mortara (Maserati MSG Racing), Stoffel Vandoorne (DS PENSKE), and Sebastien Buemi (Envision Racing). Buemi’s teammate, Nick Cassidy, had to end the race by finishing in 18th place due to issues with his car, which stopped on lap 20.
With this victory, Guenther gained 28 points, moving up from 10th place to seventh in the current driver standings. The first to third positions are held by Wehrlein, Dennis, and Cassidy, respectively (Ant/Jaktimes).