DTM and Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa has parted company with Red Bull following four years of association.
Da Costa first joined the Red Bull Junior Team in 2012 following a journeyman junior career that saw him win the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC title in 2010, test a Formula 1 car with Force India and also race in GP3, Formula 3 and at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix.
The Portuguese racer was the favorite to win the GP3 title in 2012 but could only finish third in the standings, before finishing third again after moving into Formula Renault 3.5 for 2013.
Da Costa had been expected to make the step up to Red Bull’s F1 B-team, Toro Rosso, after a series of impressive tests, but missed out on a seat for 2014 to Daniil Kvyat after the Russian won the GP3 title. He continued to work as Red Bull’s reserve driver in F1 nevertheless.
As the likes of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen leapfrogged their way up the Red Bull junior ranks, da Costa turned his attention to DTM and Formula E, winning the latter’s event in Buenos Aires last year.
However, as of 2016, he will no longer enjoy backing from Red Bull, announcing on Twitter and Instagram that he has split with the team following four years of partnership.
“I won’t cry because its finished, I’m super happy that it has ever happened! After four amazing years together with this F1 World Champion team it’s now time to say goodbye to this stage of my career and fully focus on my DTM Duties with BMW and Formula E!” da Costa wrote on Instagram.
“I drove all the world champion cars and this is something I would have never done without the support of Dr. Helmut Marko. Thanks everyone in Milton Keynes! See you when I see you!”
Da Costa’s next race comes in one week’s time in Uruguay at the Punta del Este ePrix where he will race for Team Aguri.