Team Aguri

© Getty Images

Da Costa hopeful of Formula E title challenge in season three

Leave a comment

Antonio Felix da Costa is hopeful of challenging for the Formula E title next season as he continues to finalize his plans for the upcoming campaign.

Da Costa raced for Team Aguri in the first two seasons of Formula E before its rebrand as Techeetah after being taken over by a Chinese investment firm.

The Portuguese driver is poised to join Andretti for the new season, set to begin in Hong Kong on October 9, where he will partner Robin Frijns.

Speaking to the Formula E website, da Costa said he hopes that he will have the right tools with which to compete for the championship in season three.

“I believe if I get the right tools we can put together a real crack at the championship,” da Costa said.

“For season three I am hoping that soon we can announce everything and I’m pretty confident we are sorting out some good tools to do that and have a proper go at it.

“That’s all I want – a chance to fight these guys and then we’ll see where we end up.”

Andretti is set to introduce its in-house powertrain for season three after software issues forced it to revert to the season one-spec unit last year.

Team Aguri found itself in a similar position, opting early on to stick with the season one powertrain in a bid to keep costs down.

Da Costa still managed to claim some big results, scoring pole in Long Beach before being excluded and running second in Buenos Aires until an issue caused his car to stop on track.

“It was my second season of Formula E and it was the second season that I had no winter testing at all,” da Costa said.

“It’s always been very, very on the edge for me to get a seat and last year was the same as year one.

“I went straight into the first season two race after missing the last one of the season one, so I didn’t drive the car for a lot of time and the team was going through some big changes.

“There were new owners in the team and so everything was happening at once and we were just getting on with everything as we went through.

“I’m very grateful to come into the season at such late notice and the team gave me a chance to race and we’ve done good things together and it’s put me in a very good place for season three.

“I think almost every team came and contacted me to see if I was available and have me as their driver, so for that I give thanks for the chance I had to race at all.”