Gunther gives verdict on Misano Formula E track

Maximilian Gunther and Jake Hughes discuss the Misano track and Formula E's move to conventional circuits

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Maximilian Gunther has admitted he loved racing on the Rome street circuit but expects plenty of action in the first ever Formula E races in Misano this weekend.

Gunther is racing in his team’s home turf, Maserati, and goes into the event on a high after winning the Tokyo E-Prix to move up to fifth in the drivers’ championship.

The 26-year-old is one of several drivers to have never raced at the Misano World Circuit, which is the first fully permanent circuit Formula E are visiting in 2024.

“Personally I think Rome was a great circuit,” Gunther told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “I think we all loved racing there. I think there are many great tracks in Italy.

“We are moving more and more onto conventional tracks as well with a big variety of tracks in Formula E right now. I don’t mind being here in Misano. There should be good action. But I’m also a big fan of street circuits, so I don’t mind.”

Hughes sees ‘charm’ of conventional tracks

Formula E appear to be moving in the direction of racing at permanent venues with the series also heading to Shanghai and Portland, where Formula 1 and IndyCar race at, later this season.

There are talks about moving the event in London to Silverstone, which has received backlash from fans.

McLaren‘s Jake Hughes has mostly raced on permanent circuits during his career before joining Formula E in 2023 and can understand why the championship may be moving away from street tracks.

“I’m not in the meetings with Jeff Dodds (Formula E CEO) and going around the world with all these logistics meetings, planning meetings of what’s possible,” Hughes explained exclusively to Total-Motorsport.com.

“All I can comment is on the drivers’ side. I like street tracks. Most of my career has been based around conventional tracks, so I’m no stranger to these tracks. I do see the charm in these. I think we’re possible it’d be nice to keep that identity that Formula E has had since the beginning, taking electric racing to city centres.

Jake Hughes prepares for the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E
Jake Hughes prepares for the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

“But inevitably, if you’re going to try to progress, the technology, the cars are going to get faster, they’re going to get more efficient, and at some point some of the tracks will be outgrown. It’s inevitable for safety reasons.

“If we are able to move with that, while progressing the car and still finding ways to race in city centres, that’s the ideal. But in the interim, I think Formula E are doing the best they can.”

John Smith
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Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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