Since joining the World Championship in 2018, Max has earned a reputation as a history maker, a go-getter, and a pure racer. Whenever an opportunity arises, he seizes it with both hands.
In only his 13th E-Prix start, Max fended off a hard-charging Antonio Felix da Costa to become Formula E’s youngest race winner. Since then, no other driver has come close to beating his record.
Max shows no signs of stopping. With four podiums and a historic victory in Jakarta last season, the young German shattered his own personal-bests in 2023, and he’s still hungry for success.
In fact, as Formula E returns to the deserts of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Max is very open with his assessment. He’s never been so hungry.
“I’m feeling good and the spirit within the team is very high,” says Max, who enjoyed a successful start to Season 10 by finishing fourth in Mexico City two weeks ago.
“We have a lot of momentum from the second half of Season 9, and after a good result in Mexico, we’re all very motivated.
“From the first moment I sat in the car at testing in Valencia, I felt very comfortable and confident, and I think this is a feeling that is running through the whole team right now.
“Everyone is working together to push in one direction, and we’re very focussed on our own performance and extracting the most from our package.
“Scoring a good haul of points in Mexico was the perfect way for us to start the season, and although we just missed out on the podium, we’re still very satisfied. We’re excited for this weekend.”
The Riyadh Street Circuit is one of the most complex on the Season 10 calendar.
It features 21 undulating corners, most of which are blind, and combining its close barriers with its continually evolving track conditions, it tests every single aspect of a racing driver’s skill.
“Diriyah has very different challenges compared to Mexico,” continues Max.
“The layout is very technical, the surface is slippery and dusty, and we see a massive amount of track evolution over a weekend.
“Combining all of these factors makes it a big challenge, and that means that it’s very important to build your weekend up from the first lap you do in FP1.
“From there, it’s important to qualify well, and by starting at the front of the grid, we’ll be able to open up a lot of different opportunities in the race.”
As a series, Formula E has many beauties, and chief among them is its ability to throw up unpredictability at almost every moment.
It’s this unpredictability that gives Formula E it’s trademark reputation as one of motorsport’s most difficult World Championships to win.
“In motorsport, if you want to do well during the season, you need to perform well every single weekend, but Formula E is incredibly competitive and unpredictable.
“Very small factors, some of which are completely out of your control, can decide how our race weekends unfold.
“Season 10 is my sixth in Formula E now, and I’ve never been so hungry for success. As a racing driver, I’m motivated by growing, improving, and performing at the very best of my abilities.
“This weekend is another opportunity to put some good points on the board and we’ll do everything we need to do, and beyond, to be in the fight whenever we can.”