Maserati MSG Racing completes strong Formula E pre-season test in Valencia

Maserati MSG Racing experienced a strong pre-season testing program at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, to complete its preparations for Season 10 of the FIA Formula E World Championship.

The Monaco-based team verified new updates implemented during the offseason by establishing an initial performance baseline during the opening morning of running.

Maximilian Günther, who returns to the Trident for a second season in the 2023/24 campaign, placed sixth while team-mate, Jehan Daruvala, displayed an impressive rookie performance in 13th.

A fire in the pitlane later on Tuesday, which caused some damage to a garage, led to a delay to on-track running, and action subsequently resumed on Thursday afternoon.

Together, Max and Jehan added another 141 laps to the team’s running total on the penultimate day and placed sixth and ninth before entering Friday, which ran over a 10-hour window.

Testing’s finale opened with a practice race, which allowed teams to test processes and procedures ahead of the season’s start and resumed with regular test running mid-morning.

After a productive week at the track, the team left Valencia with a total of 489 laps under its belt –the equivalent of 1,650 kilometres of running.

Max placed second in the final times, while Jehan ended the week in 13th, gaining invaluable insight and experience ahead of his E-Prix debut in January.

Maximilian Günther, Driver, Maserati MSG Racing

“We’ve had a really good week. We had a great program in place, and we went through everything we wanted. We’ve learned a great deal, the whole team has worked well, and I think we’re progressing in a good direction. Pace is one thing, but having a good feeling in the car and having ideas around the improvements we have and can make are also important. We had a clear direction with what we wanted to achieve after Season 9, we worked really hard in the offseason, and I think our package is coming together nicely. We will keep working hard in the next couple of weeks to be in a great shape for Mexico, but I’m really satisfied with how the test went.”

Jehan Daruvala, Driver, Maserati MSG Racing

“It’s been a very productive, insightful, and smooth week for me, and in the end, we got through all of the run plans that we wanted to complete. The test was a very important opportunity for me to get used to the car, to the systems, and the procedures we have, and every lap has been invaluable to improving my own understanding. Now we need to go over the data we collected so we can go to Mexico City in an even stronger position.”

Cyril Blais, Chief Engineer, Maserati MSG Racing

“It’s been a good week. We did a full day on Friday, and we put in some very good running on Thursday afternoon. We ended the test with Max in P2 and Jehan in P13, and it’s been very productive. In testing, we’re not just chasing lap time –we’re also trying a lot of new things for the coming season. We know where we were strong in Season 9, and we know where we were weak so we will try to work on our week points before Mexico City. We still have a lot to analyse in the coming weeks, but I think we’re heading in a very good direction.”