Da Costa: Not being quickest the 'perfect scenario' for BMW
Antonio Felix da Costa says that despite winning the season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix two weeks ago, he knows his BMW i Andretti car is not the outright quickest and believes that is the “perfect scenario” to ensure his team stay focused.
The Portuguese driver claimed pole position for the inaugural race in Saudi Arabia and lead the early stages of the race before being passed by both DS Techeetah cars around halfway through the race.
Da Costa was running third when the lead pair of Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer were forced to serve drive-through penalties for exceeding the maximum permitted power during regen.
As a result, da Costa regained the lead and fought off late pressure from a recovering Vergne to secure his first win for almost four years and the first ever for both BMW and Andretti in Formula E.
The former DTM driver says that despite his win, he expects the DS Techeetah team to be favourite for the teams’ title after its strong showing in Riyadh. “Their [DS Techeetah’s] pace was impressive. That’s what I told my guys”, he said to Motorsport.com.
“In a way, it was good that we see someone still has the upper hand on us because I’m sure these guys are going to put their head down and still work hard because that’s what I wanted.
“This is a perfect scenario for us, to win the race, win the points but have something to make us go back to work and try and improve.”
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