Antonio Felix Da Costa secures first podium with DS TECHEETAH
January 20, 2020
In scorching heat at today’s Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix, new DS TECHEETAH driver, Antonio Felix Da Costa secured his first podium and second place for the team.
Moving through the pack from P10 on the grid with some stellar race moves saw the Portuguese driver lead the race until the very final lap when he had to slow down to cool the temperature in the car to be able to finish the race.
Xavier Mestelan Pinon: “DS Automobiles 50th E-Prix in Formula E made us vibrate and our drivers have shown that we are here to win. Even if there is a big disappointment for Jean-Éric, the 2nd place secured by Antonio after a magnificent progression and the speed of our cars was absolutely exceptional today and it was very satisfying. Nevertheless, we could have done better and it’s essential that we work to achieve our main objective - to maintain both our titles!”
Antonio Felix Da Costa : “It’s great to have a first podium and to fight for a win with my new team already when we are only three races in. We’ve still got some work to do because that should have been our win today but we’re still a new team and we’ve still got some things to get on top of.
We made a mistake with the energy today and I thought we were good to go, so I overtook for the lead of the race but had to slow down pretty quickly after to manage the temperature. In the end, it’s better to finish second and get the points than then not finishing the race at all.”