Da Costa to partner Vergne at DS Techeetah for 2019/20 season
Following Andre Lotterer’s switch to the newly formed Porsche team, Techeetah swooped to sign da Costa after the Portuguese driver opted to end his long-running association with German manufacturer BMW.
Da Costa’s move to Techeetah means he departs the BMW factory programme for which he as driven in multiple series in recent years such as WEC, DTM and Formula E with the BMW-run Andretti team.
The Portuguese told E-Racing Magazine earlier this season that “winning a championship with BMW” was his goal and that the German manufacturer “were the ones who picked me when I wasn’t wanted [by Red Bull], so I give these guys a lot of credit.”
It’s thought, however, that BMW’s decision to exit WEC after just one season has played a big role in da Costa’s decision to sever ties with the manufacturer to team up with his former Aguri Formula E boss Mark Preston.
Da Costa said of his move, “Getting the opportunity to join a double championship-winning team in such a highly competitive motorsport category like Formula E it’s very rare. It was a very hard decision to leave my current position but it’s an opportunity I just couldn’t say no to and I’m very excited to join Jean-Éric and everyone at Techeetah.”
Two-time champion Vergne will already be familiar with his new team-mate as the pair were part of the Red Bull junior programme together earlier in their career.
“We’ve been friends for a long time, and we’ve been part of the same motorsport program in the past so it’s great to be able to work together again,” Vergne said. “He will be a great addition to the team.”
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