It was the first season of Gen3. The first season for Maserati MSG Racing. And our first opportunity to make a mark that can shape a legacy.
From our launch in December to a dramatic finale in London, 2023 was nothing short of historic.
History was made on several occasions, and with an unstoppable spirit, we fought until the very end.
Relive Season 9 from our own perspective, and discover a journey shaped by a tenacious attitude towards a daring dream.
December 6, 2022. Modena, Italy. Maserati MSG Racing is on the verge of entering a historic new era. The Trident is returning to World Championship motorsport.
The stage is set. As evening arrives, the covers are carefully lifted. A timeless, iconic blue hue is revealed to the world.
A revolutionary machine, the Maserati Tipo Folgore is state-of-the-art, and by paying homage to the Maserati brand’s first racing car, the Tipo 26, merges the past with the future.
With an electric twist, the technology of tomorrow is on display today. A new chapter is born against a legendary legacy. The next journey begins.
One week on from our official season launch, Maserati MSG Racing convened at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – the long-time home of Formula E pre-season testing.
As the one and only collective pre-season test, the series’ 11 teams and 22 drivers converged in Valencia to put their Gen3 packages through their paces.
A consistent baseline was set from the start, and as the week unfolded, a picture of Formula E’s next era of racing was being painted.
With new machinery comes unprecedented learning, and with 597 laps on the board – and after leading the timings on three of the test’s four days – we were ready to hit the ground in Mexico City.
Every season-opener is unique. It’s an exciting time. There’s a sense of anticipation, an echo of curiosity, and always an air of nervousness.
Regardless of results, however, Mexico City was a landmark weekend for Maserati MSG Racing, as the Maserati brand returned to World Championship single-seaters for the first time since 1957.
Tyre warm up issues across qualifying and the race led to an initial performance unbalance, but in the face of results, a new era had started.
The first sentence in an exciting new story was written, and although Round One didn’t go as we hoped, our story had only just started.
Momentum was the word of Season 9. Motorsport is a momentum-driven environment, and with every step in the right direction comes an added boost in confidence.
In the deserts of Diriyah, our pace was marked by a key improvement, although a pair of incidents in qualifying put the team on the back foot for Race One.
With knowledge banked, however, we came back fighting, advanced into the duels for the first time in the season and built on our long-run form to notch our first of many top-10 finishes in 2023.
Our first points were on the board, and so the ascent started.
Alongside momentum, luck is as equally important. From Hyderabad to São Paulo, luck wasn’t on our side, but when we returned to Berlin, things were different.
From FP1’s completion, there was a quiet confidence in garage. A sense that something big was about to happen.
Qualifying came, we advanced to the duels, and on Saturday, one of the most energy intensive races of the season yielded a landmark result.
After a race-long scrap, and with the execution of a competitive strategy, Max was in the heat of battle, and a place on the podium was within touching distance.
As the Jaguars battled with Sebastien Buemi, Max started to close in, spied an opportunity and struck on the final lap, diving into the final corner.
With an energy advantage over the Envision, the 26-year-old entered a drag race to the line, edged ahead and took third by only 0.111 seconds to take the Maserati brand’s first World Championship single-seater podium since 1957.
Monaco is iconic. The Principality’s streets have been motor racing’s home since 1929.
Whenever a series competes in Monaco, there’s always an atmosphere of magic, but as our home race, it was a pleasure to race on the streets we know and love.
The Monaco E-Prix is Formula E’s crown jewel event, but when such a charismatic place is your home, it truly is unforgettable.
We’re always proud of our Monégasque heritage. In Season 9, it was no different.
Motor racing is about glory. It’s the home of heroes, emblazoned in sporting legend. Our exploits bring reputation, and in Jakarta, we rewrote history itself.
Against the heat and often exhausting humidity, it was Max who kept cool, and the German racer executed one of the strongest performances of the season.
From his first foray on track, he led the way.
Fastest in FP1. Fastest in FP2. Fastest in Group Qualifying. Polesitter on Saturday. Podium finisher in Race One. Fastest in FP3. A second pole on Sunday. And one brilliant victory.
It was masterful, clinical,and underscored by class and dominance. Our first win of the season was the Maserati brand’s first in World Championship single-seaters since the 1957 German Grand Prix.
A 66-year strand in history was bridged. Our story is immortalised in motorsport history.
The Rome E-Prix is one of Formula E’s most iconic events. A World Championship gathers in the Capital of the World to turn a historic city into a fearsome racetrack.
In a weekend filled with drama, we kept cool to deliver and execute a strong double-header to build on our assault on the top five in the Teams’ Standings.
A podium for Max on Saturday marked our fourth podium of the season, while an excellent drive from Edo turned our Swiss-Italian star into The Eternal City’s home hero.
The performance we were targeting had been consistently found.
Seven months. 14 races. Everything still to play for. The 2023 London E-Prix was one of Formula E’s most unpredictable weekends.
Featuring two Red Flags, Race One was one of the most chaotic of the season, but with a masterful recovery drive and a fifth-place for Edo, we were in the mix for the finale.
Poor weather heavily disrupted Sunday’s race, and with ongoing damp conditions, and therefore, a reduced focus on energy management, it was difficult to make progress.
Nevertheless, the season was complete. And it was a season of firsts. The first of many chapters, in fact.
Maserati MSG Racing is here to stay.