The 2023 London E-Prix marked the conclusion of a historic season of racing for Maserati MSG Racing, as the Italian team completed its return 2023 campaign in the UK capital. Maserati's season was defined by an unyielding drive, as the team overcame a rough start to finish with 137 points. A series of time penalties overnight promoted Edoardo Mortara to a top-five finish in Race One, and the team rallied for one final push. Despite the rain, Edo and his team-mate, Maximilian Gunther, failed to advance past the preliminary rounds of Group B. As a result of heavy downpours before the race, the season finale began behind the Safety Car, but deteriorating conditions caused the race to be red-flagged after five laps. After a full restart 90 minutes after the originally scheduled start, Edo and Max settled into a rhythm, exploring the ever-changing track conditions.
Formula E: Maserati Finishesh 6th in Constructor Championship
Both drivers choose to switch to Attack Mode early in order to maximise their starting position due to the shorter race distance and rainy conditions. Edo moved up to 10th thanks to this approach, but he lost ground to Dan Ticktum due to a moment of oversteer in the challenging circumstances. Meanwhile, Max moved up to 14th place. Edo's response was to record the fastest lap of the race up to that time, but he was unable to make up much distance due to his decreased energy management. Edo finished 11th and Max finished 14th, good enough for sixth place in the World Teams' Championship. Now that Season 9 is over, all eyes will be on Season 10, which will get off on October 23-27 with preseason testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
"It feels like only yesterday since we started the season in Mexico City but now, seven months on, it’s all over," said Maserati MSG Team Principal James Rossiter. "It was a season of two halves, but the recovery we’ve displayed as a team is a rare thing in motorsport. It came from a lot of hard work behind the scenes, and on the difficult days, we were able to learn the most to come back even stronger. I’m incredibly proud of the team and of our achievements. The whole team deserves a good break before Season 10, but the world of Formula E never stops, we’re a team of racers, and we’re already looking forward to 2024," he added.
Giovanni Sgro, Head of Maserati Corse said, " This season was filled with interesting outcomes, competitive and exciting from the beginning. In the second half of the season Maserati achieved its first podium, first victory and the first home race podium; something that we will never forget. The resilience of the team and the competitive drive makes all of us confident that we have the right momentum to head into Season 10."
Formula E: Nyck de Vries to Race for Maserati?
Nyck de Vries was reportedly close to signing with Formula E team Maserati MSG Racing, but the Dutchman ultimately decided to take an F1 seat with AlphaTauri instead. De Vries is now again available for driving jobs after his employment ended with Red Bull's sister team. More and more people are wondering what his plans are. The name Maserati has been brought up as a potential new employment for De Vries.
Maserati is also interested in Felipe Drugovich, the current reserve driver for Aston Martin in Formula One, to replace Guenther in 2024 if Guenther decides to go to Formula E. The rookie-only practice session which was held in Rome featured the F2 champion will for the second time with the team.