Antonio Felix da Costa’s long rumoured move to MS Amlin Andretti has finally been confirmed by the team.
The Portuguese racer announced he would be leaving Team Aguri in June after two seasons at the Japanese squad.
Ever since then it was expected that he would tie up with Andretti, mainly due to his links with BMW, who are believed to be working with the Americans ahead of an official technical partnership in years to come.
Da Costa has already tested Andretti’s season three challenger along with new teammate Robin Frijns.
“To join Andretti Formula E is a big thing for me,” da Costa commented.
“I have always loved the way Americans go racing, and how they do sports in general. I’m a big fan of IndyCar and, to me, Andretti Autosport has always been an iconic team.”
“To finally be able to say that I’m joining and racing for this amazing team and family is a big deal. We have a great team in place, the MS Amlin car looks good and the people around me are super professional. I’m ready to get the season started.”
Da Costa was picked up by Andretti after two impressive seasons in Formula E. Despite not having the resources of the other teams on the grid, da Costa was able to drag his Aguri into the points in a majority of races.
This included a superb win in Buenos Aires in season one, and added to his strong qualifying record, it made him the stand out candidate for team owner Michael Andretti.
“We’re very excited to have Antonio join the team for Season Three,” Andretti said. “I feel adding him is going to give us one of the strongest driver line ups in the field.”
“We’ve been watching Antonio over the last two seasons and I feel he has been very impressive on the racetrack. It will be great to be racing with him, instead of against him.”
Da Costa’s appointment means that there will be no drive for Simona de Silvestro at the team next season.
The Swiss driver was comfortably outperformed by Frijns last season, scoring only four points to his 45. It also means that at present there are no female drivers expected to be on the grid for the 2016-17 Formula E season.