Maximilian Günther interview

Maximilian GŁnther interview

16.07.2018: Maximilian GŁnther celebrated his first Formula 2 win at Silverstone and received many congratulations after his success, including from three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart. The BWT Arden driver describes how he experienced the win an

Maximilian Günther celebrated his first Formula 2 win at Silverstone and received many congratulations after his success, including from three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart. The BWT Arden driver describes how he experienced the win and talks about his Formula 1 plans.




"How does it feel to have finally won a Formula 2 race?"


Maximilian
: "At the season opener in Bahrain I was already on the podium with a second place. But the first victory in Formula 2 is an indescribable feeling, I enjoyed it to the fullest and will not forget this moment so soon".
 




"Were you very nervous about starting from pole position before the race?"


Maximilian:
"To be honest, no. I have often started from pole position, just one time in Formula 2, but many times in Formula 3 or other series. That's why I knew what to expect. I just fully concentrated on my job and tried to be the first in the first corner. I'm glad I succeeded."
 




"When did you realise for the first time in the race that you will end up as a winner on the Formula 2 podium?"


Maximilian:
"Only when I crossed the finish line, because the race was very tight until the end and there was no time to think about a possible win."
 




"Your team mate could not start on Sunday due to technical problems. Did you listen carefully into your car during the race if there are any strange noises that might indicate a problem with your car?"


Maximilian:
"I only learned about my team mate's problem after the race. It's a real shame for him. My car actually felt good, but with electronic problems this can change very quickly without much notice. So I was happy when the race was over and I finished in first position."
 




"But it must have been 21 long laps for you. What did you think when your competitor behind you caught up just before the end and got bigger and bigger in your rear mirror?"


Maximilian:
"My engineer informed me four laps before the end that a rival behind was gaining ground. So I kept the pace and was prepared in case he closed up and tried to pass me. I wouldn't have given him the position so easily and I would have defended my lead."
 



"How relieved are you that, after the difficult races before, the triple header came to a good end?"


Maximilian:
"Of course, it was a great relief. The past weekends, not only the triple header itself, were really hard for us as a team, because many things didn't go to plan. I rewarded myself with this win, but it was also very important for the guys in the team and it will give us a big boost for the coming weeks".
 



"How exhausting was it for you to have six Formula 2 races within three weekends?"


Maximilian
: "Things went totally well during this time. I had a lot of fun and I was ready for every weekend. But now it's good to regenerate a bit and to use the race-free time effectively."
 




"After your Formula 2 win at Silverstone, did you get any congratulations from Formula One?"


Maximilian:
"There were a few congratulations. One of the first congratulators were Heiko Wasser and Christian Danner. I know both very well from the joint broadcasts from the RTL commentator booth. It was also very special that Sir Jackie Stewart himself congratulated me on the win after I came from the press conference. That made me very happy and I'm a little bit proud of it, too."
 



"Your partner BWT has connections to Force India Formula One Team. Does this mean that we'll see you soon in a Formula One car during a test?"


Maximilia
n: "Of course Formula One is my big goal and that would certainly be a great opportunity. But that is not what I am currently concerned with. My focus at the moment is on Formula 2 and how I can further improve the overall package with my team".
 




"Next up is Budapest. You have won there two times in Formula 3. A good omen for the next race weekend in Formula 2?"


Maximilian:
"It is certainly not a bad omen. The Hungaroring is one of my absolute favourite tracks. It is a very fluid track and especially the fast parts are a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it!"




RESULT

Silverstone (06/07/18 - 08/07/18)


RACE 1: P8

RACE 2: P1

2018 FIA F2 Championship (14/24 races)
Points: 39
Position: 11



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