With their hard opening at the opening race in 2023 Diriyah E-Prix, Maserati MSG Racing had a challenge in the first part of Formula E.
Following the race at Mexico, the Maserati MSG Racing made progress with practising at the heritage site in Diriyah and ended up with the bruising qualifying session.
Let’s talk deeper about the race. Racers, Edoardo Mortara and Maximilian Günther launched their efforts in Group A even with the challenge of the sudden front Tyro Lock which ended Max’s running. Like Max, Edoardo had an accident where an off-line half-spin tipped the Swiss-Italian driver into the barriers on the outside of Turn 16. Max said, “We clearly took a step in the right direction from FP1 to FP2. I felt more comfortable in the car and the progress was good. The crash in qualifying was very unfortunate, and that defined my day. I was halfway through my first push lap, I locked the fronts under braking and that meant that I was unable to slow the car down. It was a big crash with a lot of damage, and that’s why we weren’t able to do Race One. We take it as it is, and that’s racing, but tomorrow is a new day full of new opportunities. I can’t wait to get in the car again. We are a strong team.”
With that, it was difficult for Max for participate in the race, and with that Edoardo was the Maserati MSG Racing’s sole charger where Edoardo said, “Today hasn’t been easy, but behind the difficulties, I think there are some positives to take. Our pace during practice was quite competitive, we showed some major improvements, and although qualifying didn’t go as we hoped, the performance in the race was fantastic. It’s always tricky to start from the back of the grid but from 20th I was able to make good progress through the field before an unfortunate puncture but I’m optimistic for tomorrow. If we can have another strong practice and qualify well, I think points can definitely be on the table.”
From 20th on the grid, he made immediate progress on the opening lap and following a brief Safety Car period, continued to fight forward.
James Rossiter, Team Principal, Maserati MSG Racing also said, “In the face of difficult situations, action is the only response and after a very challenging qualifying, the team came together and most importantly, came back fighting. The mechanics did an incredible job to repair Edo’s car and get him on the grid for the race. Work on Max’s new chassis is still ongoing, and we still have a lot of work to do overnight. Before our incidents in qualifying, I think we were in a good position and initial findings from practice were very promising. Motorsport is unpredictable and it can be cruel, but that’s just its nature. Spirits for tomorrow are high and if we put a clean day together, I’m confident that we can show the performance we’re capable of.”
By lap 11, Edoardo had ascended to 15th and next overtook Sérgio Sette Câmara for 14th before settling into a rhythm behind reigning World Champion, Stoffel Vandoorne.
A puncture on lap 33 of 39 dealt a final cruel blow and forced Edo to retire from the race, with the team’s full attention now placed on Race Two in Diriyah.
Giovanni Sgro, Head of Maserati Corse said, “The Maserati Brand is at the start of our first season in Formula E, and with that brings new challenges. Maserati is no stranger to motorsport dynamics and complexities so although today was not the result we were hoping for, the team is working relentlessly to move forward and focus on tomorrow’s race.”