Amlin Aguri complete driver lineup

by Tom Errington

The Amlin Aguri Formula E team have completed their driver lineup with the addition of Antonio Felix da Costa.

Felix da Costa joins Katherine Legge in the Japanese team as the duo now head to Donington Park for this week’s testing as the team makes preparations for the Beijing ePrix.

Felix da Costa will take part in Thursday’s testing before heading to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix as Red Bull‘s reserve driver.

Thankfully, the Portuguese driver has experience in the Spark-Renault Formula E car after he took part in Amlin Aguri’s shakedown at Donington in June.

The 22 year-old driver has had a strong start to his career after  making his big break with victory in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. The driver then topped off his year as placed third overall in GP3 and finished fourth in the World Series by Renault.

His reward for the strong year was a deal to join Red Bull’s Junior Development programme, and he also participated in the F1 Young Driver Test for Red Bull Racing in Abu Dhabi.

2013 not only saw the driver place second at the Macau Grand Prix, but also become the reserve and test driver for Red Bull’s F1 team.

Now Felix da Costa will continue his bright career by joining Formula E, alongside his DTM commitments with the BMW works team, and Amlin Aguri’s Team Principal Mark Preston is happy to see him continue his development at the team.

“It’s a pleasure for me to welcome Antonio into the new setup at Amlin Aguri,” said Preston. “Antonio has proven he’s prodigiously quick at all levels of motorsport, from testing in F1 to winning races in Formula 3. I’m confident the drivers we are assembling will make Team Amlin Aguri a serious podium threat and a force to be reckoned with.”

Felix da Costa is looking forward to the chance to take part in a series so different to other motorsport disciplines.

“I am delighted to compete in the Formula E inaugural season and I am thrilled by what I believe is the championship of the future,” said the new Aguri driver. “With Formula E we see history being made and I’m excited to be right at the heart of this new project. I have no doubt we’ll see this championship drive real innovation and advances in technology.”

Felix da Costa now takes the total Formula E driver count up to sixteen, with only four drivers left to be confirmed.

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