Antonio Felix da Costa made another session his own on the Reverse Berlin Tempelhof Circuit in qualifying, with a peerless Julius Baer Pole Position lap almost half-a-second up the road from his nearest competitor – Sebastien Buemi – who feels DS Techeetah are so hooked up they’re on a different planet just now.
“We’re very happy at the moment. We considered changing a few things and we have a few ideas in our pocket,” said the Portuguese driver prior to Super Pole, ominously.
“We’ve made small changes and we’ve got some bigger setup changes if we need it but I decided not to do anything drastic.
“When you have a good car and a confident driver put together, it shows itself. I’ve had days with no confidence and when you haven’t got it it’s very difficult.
"I’m on the other side now where things are working well and naturally. We need to understand why that is so we can keep repeating it.
“It was another nice lap, carrying on from where we left off yesterday,” added the standings leader, whose Super Pole efforts brought up a century of Drivers’ Championship points.
"Everyone’s just getting really close now and we saw that in practice with 15 cars separated by half-a-second.
“I’m just enjoying it and having so much fun. I want to say thanks to everyone involved with this incredible team for putting all this together.
“I’m really excited to race again and we all want to produce a good show. We race each other hard but there’s a lot of respect between us drivers.”
Buemi felt he left nothing on the table in that qualifying session, but couldn’t get near the DS despite maximising what was underneath him.
“I am pleased with my qualifying effort,” he said. “Antonio is doing a great job, he’s been very consistent in the past few races and managed to get the best out of his car.
“I am happy to have been able to bounce back today and thanks to my team I did a good job during qualifying and Super Pole.
“I can’t compete against Antonio at the moment. DS was in a different class yesterday but I’ll try to stay behind him and do my best with what we have. If I have the chance I’ll try to attack!"
Alex Lynn flew to third and was just a tenth shy of Buemi’s best effort. The Mahindra Racing new-boy impressed in the early stages of Round 6 and looks like he’s growing into his seat yet further.
“I am very happy to be starting in third in my second race back in Formula E,” said the former Envision Virgin Racing and Panasonic Jaguar Racing man.
“Antonio is driving beautifully; he is perfect in the car and he has a great rhythm and it’s our job to find that same rhythm.
“Today, we need to aim to fight for the podium. Yesterday we learnt some important lessons from the race and now we need to be putting those in good use. We’ve done a great job sticking up in front, now we need to keep that.”
Published on 6th August 2020