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Interview: Maximilian Günther from the Maserati MSG Racing team

Interview: Maximilian Günther from the Maserati MSG Racing team

What are the special features of the circuit in Diriyah?

“The track in Saudi Arabia is very technical, with many fast and blind corners, particularly in sector two. The sand and track evolution also play a major role.”

What challenges do night races present?

“Personally, I really like the atmosphere at night races. However, there are a lot of little things that you have to get used to, particularly the dazzling light conditions. It is very important to select the right visor. One important factor is the big difference in temperature between the day and night sessions in the desert.”

How much strain are the tyres put under, and how do they influence the way you drive?

“The tyres play a big role in Diriyah. Confidence is very important at this circuit, as is the ability to generate sufficient grip despite the slippery asphalt. That worked very well last year.”

⁠⁠How does the desert sand affect performance?

“A lot. The track consistently becomes faster over the course of the weekend and there is only one ideal line – anything off that line is like black ice. It is crucial not to stray from that line all weekend. There is no room for error.”

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Interview: Maximilian Günther from the Maserati MSG Racing team

GUNTHER Maximilian (ger), Maserati MSG Racing, Maserati Tipo Folgore, portrait during the 2024 Hankook Mexico City ePrix, 1st meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from January 11 to 13, in Mexico City, Mexico - Photo Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

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Interview: Maximilian Günther from the Maserati MSG Racing team

07 GUNTHER Maximilian (ger), Maserati MSG Racing, Maserati Tipo Folgore, action during the 2024 Hankook Mexico City ePrix, 1st meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from January 11 to 13, in Mexico City, Mexico - Photo Eric Alonso / DPPI

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