20 Nov 19
As one of the longest standing drivers in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Antonio Felix da Costa has driven in every season to date. After three campaigns with the BMW-backed Andretti outfit, da Costa joins reigning champions DS Techeetah for the 2019/20 season.
With five seasons of all-electric single seater racing under his belt, da Costa is one of the most experienced Formula E drivers on the grid.
Coming from a racing family, da Costa started karting at the age of nine, racing in a number of Portuguese championships against more experienced and older competitors. In 2007, he progressed into single-seaters in Formula Renault 2.0 and, after gaining attention in both Formula 3 Euro Series and GP3, he would eventually join the Red Bull programme. After making his Formula One test debut for Force India in 2010, the Portuguese driver went on to pilot four of Adrian Newey's title-winning Red Bull Racing machines.
Moving to Formula E, da Costa started his career in the series as a driver for Team Aguri in 2014, where he raced for two seasons. After securing an early win in Buenos Aires during season one, the top step of the podium proved elusive for the Portuguese driver until a win in the opening round of the 2018/19 season in Saudi Arabia.
In the third season, da Costa moved to Andretti where he raced for the all-American outfit for two seasons, benefiting from the team's technical partnership with BMW in 2017/18. In 2017, Andretti's technical partnership with the German marque blossomed into a full manufacturer works team, changing the team name to BMW i Andretti Motorsport, with da Costa and teammate Alexander Sims announced as the team's debut driver line up.
Finishing the season sixth after briefly challenging for the title, the 2019/20 season sees da Costa move to reigning champions DS Techeetah alongside double champion Jean-Eric Vergne. With both drivers gunning for the drivers' title this season, expect sparks to fly between the reigning champ and his new Portuguese team mate.