Maximilian Günther will continue to drive for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Formula E’s seventh season after an impressive first campaign with the squad.
Following a promising debut season with GEOX Dragon, the 23-year-old German was picked up by BMW as a replacement for Antonio Felix da Costa, who, in turn, joined DS Techeetah.
Over the course of Season 6, Günther lived up to expectations and delivered the team with two victories in Santiago and Berlin and one further podium in Marrakesh to take ninth in the Drivers’ Championship.
“I am delighted to continue racing for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Formula E, and to go in pursuit of titles with them,” commented Günther.
“I have felt right at home from the moment I was included in the squad of BMW works drivers last year. I am very happy to remain a part of the BMW family.
“We have made it onto the podium three times in our first year together, twice as winners. In the Drivers’ Championship, we were in contention for second place until the final race. That shows how strong our package was.
“Formula E will be promoted to FIA World Championship status next season, and the first World Championship title is extra motivation for us.
“We will continue to work hard and do all we can to continue to make a statement and enjoy more success next year.”
BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt explained that Günther was a logical choice for the team next season and that Formula E’s youngest winner will only gain experience in the future which will only aid the team’s title ambitions:
“I’m delighted to take on the next Formula E season with Maximilian Günther,” he said. “It is incredibly valuable for the team to have a driver so focussed, professional and fast despite his young age at BMW i Andretti Motorsport.
“His two victories this season in Santiago and Berlin were real highlights. Maximilian will build on the experience gained in Season 6.
“The team and he will be even better in tune with each other. All this will hopefully lead to even more success on the racetrack.”
In Formula E’s first season as a World Championship, Günther will be partnered by a new team-mate as Alexander Sims leaves the squad to join Mahindra Racing, replacing Jerome d’Ambrosio.
Continuing, Marquardt wished the 32-year-old well for the future after the Briton took three pole positions, one win and one further podium for the team:
“As far as the departure of Alexander Sims is concerned, the key thing for me is that we go our separate ways in Formula E by mutual agreement,” he continued. “We had two great seasons together.
“Alexander has matured from a rookie to a winner at BMW i Andretti Motorsport. It was a great pleasure to watch him during his big weekend in Diriyah.
“We regret that we won’t race together next season, wish him all the best for the next chapter in his Formula E career and look forward to the sporting contest on the track.”
Sims added: “I would like to thank every single member of BMW i Andretti Motorsport for their hard work and belief in me over the last two seasons of Formula E.
“The working relationships have turned into friendships and I value that enormously. There have been a lot of great memories made and experiences enjoyed together, notably my first pole position in New York and first race win in Diriyah.
“The BMW family brought me into the professional motorsport world and has enabled me to go on an incredible journey that I am truly thankful for.
“Next season I will join a new racing family in Formula E, but I look forward to seeing all my BMW friends around the paddock in the coming seasons, and wish the team all the best in the future.”