Official: Maserati MSG Racing confirms Max Günther & signs Jehan Daruvala
Rumours have been around for some days, but now it's official: Jehan Daruvala will drive for Maserati MSG Racing in the upcoming 2023/24 Formula E season. The only third Indian in an FIA World Championship - most recently working as a reserve driver for Mahindra Racing - thus takes over the cockpit of the departed Edo Mortara. Max Günther will remain with the Monaco-based team as expected.
Although Daruvala enters the tenth Formula E season presumably as the only rookie, he is already familiar with the electric series. The 24-year-old was due to make two test appearances in 2023 - first at the rookie test in Berlin, then at the so-called Free Practice 0 session in Rome. In the German capital, he set the sixth-fastest time overall, but at the Rome E-Prix he was unable to complete a timed lap due to technical problems on the Mahindra.
Now he gets his full-time chance in Formula E. "I want to thank James (Rossiter, team principal) and Maserati MSG Racing for giving me this opportunity," Daruvala said. "I can't wait to learn more about the car and get to know the team better during pre-season testing before we kick off in Mexico City in January."
"From my experience so far, the Gen3 car is completely unique to drive," he says, looking back on the past few months. "Formula E is a championship I've admired for a long time, and after taking part in two tests, I'm very happy to now have the opportunity to get into the race car full-time."
Team principal Rossiter praises Daruvala: "He has what it takes to win races"
After a strong Formula 3 season in 2019, Daruvala was promoted to Formula 2 in 2020. He was thoroughly successful there, with four race wins and 18 podiums. Things haven't gone quite so well for the youngster recently. In Formula E, he is now expected to show his full potential.
"Jehan has already made a promising impression in his two rookie tests with Mahindra this year," Rossiter says. "He has shown hunger and determination in Formula 2 over the past four years and has clearly shown he has what it takes to win races. Now Jehan is ready to put in the necessary work to succeed in Formula E."
Günther "confident that we can achieve even greater things"
Max Günther remains a constant in the team in 2024. Although he is only 26 years old, the German is already entering his sixth Formula E season. After a difficult start with Maserati, Günther outgrew himself in the second half of the 2023 season and not only took the first victory for the Italian-Monegasque team, but also three further podium results.
"Max impressed us throughout the 2022/23 season and continuing our partnership was a logical decision," Rossiter explained. "He has brilliant speed, a strong understanding of the Gen3 package and, with five seasons of experience, has an impressive amount of knowledge. This experience will be invaluable to Jehan."
"I'm very proud to continue with Maserati MSG Racing," said Günther. "We had a great first season together, especially with the momentum we built in the second half of the year with a win, four podiums and two poles. After seeing how our performance has developed this year, I am confident that we can achieve even greater things in the future."