BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver dedicated his second place finish at the Mexico City ePrix to the late Karl “Charly” Lamm, longtime team principal of BMW Team Schnitzer. 



Da Costa most recently raced for Lamm in DTM in 2015, driving in the BMW M4 DTM and garnering one win and three podium finishes over two seasons. 


Lamm passed away on 24 January after a ” very short and grave illness”, according to a statement from Schnitzer Motorsport. He was 63.


Speaking to eRacing Magazine after the Mexico City ePrix, da Costa said that it was a difficult weekend for the team when the news of Lamm’s passing first broke, a few days before the Santiago ePrix in Chile.  


“To be honest – we were in Chile when we got the sad news and that weekend was just tough you know,” recounted da Costa. “My head just wasn’t really there.”


“I was just so happy I could go on the podium soon after he left us and give it to him,” said the Portuguese driver of his podium dedication to Lamm.



Da Costa ranked his second place finish in Mexico City with his maiden Formula E victory in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Amlin Aguri as one of the wilder races he has contested in and remarked on how similar the circumstances were between the two. 


“It’s tied with Buenos Aires Season 1 – The one I won,” said da Costa. “I started 8th for that race – overtook one guy and won the race. [Mexico City] was very similar actually – I overtook one guy starting 5th and I lost a position, then I overtook Massa again and I stayed there.


“The last two laps were just crazy. I could see with everyone backing up that it was going to be wild – I was expecting again.


“My team has been very switched on with those things. So they were sure what energy levels we had to be to make it to the end of the race in good condition. They were very quick at acknowledging that and giving me the right strategies.


“At some point I tried to overtake Buemi but it was a bit risky so I just decided to sit there and pick up the pieces at the end, and that’s exactly what we did.”


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