Team Aguri driver Antonio Felix da Costa is set to leave the Japanese team after the season ending London ePrix next month.
The highly-rated Portuguese driver said that the Battersea Park race would be his last with the team. Speaking to Motorsport.com, Felix da Costa said, “It’s been a rollercoaster and an adventure together (with Team Aguri). The team was started from nothing and the guys have been really cool to me, so I have to say thank you to them.
“We’ve managed to bring the fight to the big guys at Renault and Abt on some occasions, so to be in the cockpit for the last time with the Aguri name [in London] will be special.”
Da Costa has been linked with a drive for the Andretti Autosport team, and while he didn’t reveal which team he would be moving to, he did say that it was a multi-year deal, and would not involve him missing any races, having previously done so due to his DTM commitments with BMW.
He said, “It has been decided earlier this week but I can’t give anything away. It is a long-term thing and I am happy. What I can say for sure is that I will be in Formula E full-time next year, so I will not be missing any races. I really want to have a go at this championship.”
Da Costa has shown consistent pace since the start of Formula E, scoring a win at Buenos Aires in season one on his way to finishing eighth in the championship. While he has been plagued with unreliability this year, he has comfortably outperformed all of his team-mates and put in some impressive performances in qualifying.
This has included making the super pole shoot-out on three separate occasions this year, despite Aguri having stuck with the Spark-Renault powertrain that was used in the inaugural season.
Felix da Costa’s departure comes just ahead of Aguri’s impending take over by Chinese Media Capital, which will see team founder Aguri Suzuki step down.