Da Costa to leave DTM at end of 2016 to focus on Formula E

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Antonio Felix da Costa has announced that he will leave DTM at the end of the 2016 season to focus on his commitments in Formula E with Andretti.

Da Costa has balanced commitments in Formula E with a BMW DTM drive for the past three years, but will make his final appearance in the German touring car series at Hockenheim next month.

Da Costa will continue as a BMW works driver, with the German marque understood to be working on plans to increase its involvement in Formula E with Andretti in the future.

“I’m extremely happy to have represented BMW in the DTM for the last three seasons in a championship that is super competitive and requires a lot of skill,” da Costa said.

“However, I felt extremely confident from the word go in 2014 where I had one of the best qualifying results ever for a rookie.

“I have had a lot of good times in the DTM, with a pole position and race victories, and have enjoyed it massively working with my teammates.

“However, this championship requires full-time focus, so I have decided to put all my efforts into Formula E and am happy to be part of a future international project for BMW, which is making me very excited and will require a lot of my time, too.

“I am really looking forward to the new experiences, am happy with my decision, but am also obviously very happy to be continuing as a BMW works driver.”