Antonio Felix Da Costa: “We’re maximising our package”

Antonio Felix da Costa feels that he and the Team Aguri squad are performing better than expected with their season one drivetrain.

Da Costa finished Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix in sixth position after fighting back from a poor start to the race.

The Portuguese driver would lose out to Bruno Senna at the first corner of the race after starting on the dirty side of the circuit in eighth position.

Da Costa fought his way back past Senna within the first couple of laps and managed to stay on the trail of the leading pack for most of the first stint, overtaking Daniel Abt for seventh just before the pit-stops.

The 24-year-old would take sixth position from Britain’s Sam Bird in the second stint and remained their for the rest of the race.

A delighted da Costa said: “This is probably where we should be expecting to finish. Perhaps we’ve even gone beyond our expectations. We mixed it with new tech teams and were the strongest of the runners with the season one drivetrain, which is fantastic.

“I think we’re maximising our package; this track was always going to be difficult for us so I’m pleased with more points. We’ve now got a test day tomorrow, so hopefully we can find some more improvements and keep moving forwards, step-by-step.”

A second consecutive sixth place finish leaves da Costa ninth in the driver’s championship with 16 points – only 12 points behind Jerome D’Ambrosio in third position.

Team Aguri owner, Marc Faggionato added: “I’m really pleased to see the progress we’re making. The team was consistent and everyone worked well together. I’m especially impressed because a lot of the guys were new to Formula E this weekend, so it’s a fantastic performance from them, and it showed in the strong result for Antonio today.”

The next race in season two of the FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the new year on Saturday, February 6.