DTM and Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa announced through Social Media that he will no longer be part of the Red Bull program.
“I won’t cry because it’s finished, I’m super happy that it has ever happened,” Felix da Costa posted on his Social Media accounts.
“After four amazing years together with this Formula 1 World Champion team, it’s now time to say goodbye to this stage of my career and fully focus on my DTM duties with BMW and Formula E.
I drove all the World Championship [winning] cars and this is something I would have never done without the support of Dr. Helmut Marko [Red Bull Motorsport Consultant].”
Red Bull chose to sign up Felix da Costa as their Formula 1 Test Driver in the middle of the 2012 season when he was competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Arden Caterham whilst racing in the GP3 Series at Carlin.
Throughout the years, he has competed with the Milton Keynes based team in a number of testing sessions as well as doing demonstrations in the teams World Championship winning cars at events like the World Series by Renault.
On numerous occasions it was rumoured that the Portuguese driver would join the Formula 1 grid with Red Bull’s junior Formula 1 team, Toro Rosso. It was strongly believed he was favourite for the 2014 race seat but it never came and he lost out to GP3 Champion and current Red Bull Racing driver, Danill Kvyat.
The announcement of his departure comes after being part of the Red Bull program for four years.
In 2015, Antonio Felix da Costa competed in the DTM Championship with BMW Team Schnitzer, in which he finished the season 11th with 21 points and is currently racing in the 2015/16 Formula E Season with Team Aguri as well – his next race in a weeks’ time at the Punta del Este ePrix.