Antonio Felix da Costa
- August 31, 1991
- Fia Formula E Championship
Antonio Felix da Costa is a Portuguese racing driver who most recentley competes with DS Techeetah in the Formula E Championship and with Jota Sport in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is a regular competitor in Formula E since the inaugural season (2014-2015).
Antonio also raced three season in the DTM and also in different single-seater series, finishing third in the GP3 Series and Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Antonio's full name is Antonio Maria de Mello Breyner Felix da Costa, he was born in Lisbon, Portugal. As a teenager, he participated in the various karting competitions in his home country and across the Europe.
His first step on the ladder of car racing was the Formula Renault 2.0 in 2008. His main competition was the North European Cup, in which he took second place in the debut season, behind Valtteri Bottas.
Antonio won one race and reached ten podiums in sixteen races. To gain the experience, Da Costa also participated in the Eurocup, British and Portuguese FR 2.0 series.
In 2009, he focused again on the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup and dominantly won the title, with nine victories in 14 races. In the Eurocup, he was tied in the points with Jean-Eric Vergne at the second place, behind the winner Albert Costa.
In 2010, his third season with Motopark, Antonio entered the Formula 3 Euro Series. He took three wins in 18 races and finished 7th in the standings. He also debuted in the GP3 Series, driving for Carlin in four races, but his main achievement was Formula One test for young drivers in the Force India F1 car.
In 2011, Antonio entered the full season of the GP3 Series with Status Grand Prix team. With just one victory in 16 races, he was 13th in the final classification. He also participated in six races of the British Formula 3 driving for Hitech, but the highlight of the season was the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi, where Da Costa joined Ocean Racing Technology team.
One more season in GP3 Series followed in 2012, this time with Carlin. Antonio finished third in the points, behind Mitch Evans and Daniel Abt. He scored three wins and six podiums. He had a similar score in the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, driving for Arden Caterham and scoring four wins and six podiums to take fourth place at the end of the season.
Antonio entered the FR 3.5 Series as a replacement for Lewis Williamson in the Red Bull Junior Team. He also participated in the Formula One Young drivers' test with Red Bull Racing F1 team, alongside FR 3.5 champion Robin Frijns. His most notable result in 2012 was the victory at the 2012 Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, where he competed as a guest for Carlin.
In 2013, Antonio joined Arden Caterham for the full season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. He was again near the top, with three wins and six podiums he finished third in the classification, behind Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne.
He reached the peak at the single-seater racing ladder, the progress to the Formula One wasn't realistic, so Antonio switched to another motorsport discipline in 2014. He joined BMW in the DTM and competed the full season for BMW Team MTEK. In his debut season, he scored points on two races to finish 21st in the final standings.
When the Formula E Championship was formed in 2014, Antonio was invited by Amlin Aguri team to participate in the events which didn't clash with DTM schedule. In January 2015, at Buenos Aires ePrix, Antonio scored his first victory with electric formula car. He participated in eight of eleven races of the inaugural Formula E season and finished 8th in the final classification.
For 2015 DTM season, Da Costa remained with BMW but changed the team. He moved to the BMW Team Schnitzer. In the 2015 season, the race schedule was increased to 18 races because of two-race weekends. Da Costa shined at Zandvoort, where he took second place in the first race and scored his maiden DTM victory in the second race of the weekend. His second best performance followed at Oschersleben, where he finished 3rd and 4th. Antonio ended the championship at 11th place.
He prolonged the cooperation with Team Aguri in the second season of the Formula E Championship. In nine races, his best result was sixth place in three events. He finished 13th in the points.
In the 2016 DTM season, his car is again Team Schnitzer's BMW M4 DTM. With one podium, he finished 17th in the final standings. BMW released him after the season.
For the 2016/2017 season of Formula E, Da Costa switches the team. He joins MS Amlin Andretti to drive alongside teammate Robin Frijns. In twelve races, his best result was fifth place at Hong Kong ePrix.
In 2017, following his exit from DTM, Antonio continued to race for different BMW teams in various GT competitions, such are Blancpain GT Series, International GT Open or VLN.
For the 2017-2018 Formula E season, Antonio stayed with Andretti, not scoring wins or podiums to finish 15th in the points. Then, for the fifth Formula E season (2018-2019), Andretti and BMW were running a team together and Da Costa recorded his best season. He won the season-opening race in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and latter added three podiums to finish sixth in the points.
Da Costa's second job in the season 2018-2019 was at the wheel of the #82 BMW M8 GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship. His best result was the second place in GT class at Fuji and he finished tenth in the final classification.
Following BMW's decision to leave FIA WEC, Antonio joined Jota Sport for the 2019-2020 FIA WEC season, driving an Oreca prototype in the LMP2 class.
He also changed a team in Formula E, joining DS Techeetah.
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