22 year old German Maximillian Günther has joined BMW i Andretti motorsport for season 6, in place of Antonio Felix Da Costa, who has now formally left the team.
Günther made his debut in season 5 for Geox Dragon Racing, contesting ten races and taking the team’s best results of the season with 5th place in both Paris and Bern.
Season 6 will be Günther’s first full-time season in Formula E, and also a return to the Bavarian manufacturer after he previously competed in the 2011 Formula BMW talent cup.
“I am looking forward to Maximilian Günther returning to the BMW family,” said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “We followed his performance last season very closely. Maximilian regularly managed to get the maximum out of his car package. That saw him achieve some impressive results. Having a driver with a history of BMW single-seater racing is a great fit.”
“It is fantastic to be part of BMW i Motorsport now,” declared a delighted Günther. “BMW i Andretti Motorsport had a strong maiden season in Formula E, won the very first race and was involved in the fight for the title down to the wire. That is why this switch is definitely a fantastic step for me.
‘It is great to compete for BMW again. That’s where everything started for me in single-seater racing in 2011.”
Marquardt also paid tribute to the outgoing Da Costa: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank António very much for the good collaboration this past Formula E season and in the six years overall as a BMW works driver in the DTM, the WEC, in GT racing and in Formula E.
“We had a great time together but agreed that a change would be good for both parties. Now we wish him all the best on his new journey.”
Da Costa, who’s season 6 plans are currently yet to be announced, was amicable about his departure from both the team and his position as a works BMW driver.
“I have always been happy and proud to be part of the BMW family.” Stated the two-time E-Prix winner. “BMW Motorsport gave me the opportunity to drive many different race cars, and to learn an incredible amount. I would also like to thank BMW i Andretti Motorsport for a great and intense time together in Formula E. Although I am now moving on to face new challenges, I will always look back fondly on my time at BMW.”
Günther’s teammate is scheduled to be announced in the next few weeks, but is widely speculated to be British driver Alexander Sims, who secured his inaugural Formula E podium for the team in last season’s season finale in New York city.