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Felix Da Costa expecting to have a ‘proper go’ at Formula E title

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2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. London ePrix, Battersea Park, London, United Kingdom. Friday 1 July 2016. Antonio Felix da Costa (POR), Team Aguri - Spark SRT_01E Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _79P0013

Antonio Felix da Costa is expecting to have a car next season that will help him challenge for the Formula E title.

Having announced that he would be leaving the Team Aguri outfit ahead of season three of the series, Felix da Costa is expected to announce that he will be driving along Robin Frijns at Andretti next year.

Speaking to the Formula E website, the Brazilian said he was hoping to be able to announce his plans soon, and that his new team would give him a car capable of challenging for the title.

“I believe if I get the right tools we can put together a real crack at the championship,” he said.

“For season 3 I am hoping that soon we can announce everything and I’m pretty confident we are sorting out some good tools to do that and have a proper go at it. That’s all I want – a chance to fight these guys and then we’ll see where we end up.”

Looking back at his last season at Team Aguri, Felix da Costa said that despite having the same power unit as from season one, the team managed to show good speed.

“It was obvious that we had a very good speed considering we had [the] season one package and power unit. With all that in mind getting into three or four Super Poles and getting a pole position is very good. “

“We were running second when the car stopped [in Buenos Aires] so we did miss and throw away a lot of strong opportunities. We never really finalised a big result. We never had the podiums, which is a big shame considering the speed and potential we had.”

The highlight for Felix da Costa however was his pole lap at Long Beach, which although it was taken away from him, proved that they could fight with the teams spending more money.

“I think the Super Pole and the pole position in Long Beach was the best moment. It then got taken away from us due to one of the four tyres being something like 0.05 under pressure, so we were disqualified for that.”

“To grab a pole position with a season one package when most of the teams have millions of dollars to develop new power units… We were extracting the most from what we had and that lap felt very nice!”

He also said that performances like his lap in Long Beach led to offers from several teams, saying “I think almost every team came and contacted me to see if I was available and have me as their driver, so for that I give thanks for the chance I had to race at all.”

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