Felix da Costa to leave DTM to focus on Formula E

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António Félix da Costa, a part of the BMW Schnitzer team in the DTM Series, will leave the championship at the end of the current season in order to focus on the FIA Formula E championship.

The Portuguese driver recently commented that he resented losing the train to Formula 1 having been overlooked for the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver in 2014 in favour of Daniil Kvyat despite being favourite for the ride, so it seems coherent that he tries to win the electric single-seater series, since it rewards the winner with a Formula 1 Superlicence.

“I’m very satisfied to have represented BMW in this very complex series, in which I have scored a win and several podiums,” claimed Felix da Costa, quoted by Portuguese page Autoportal.

However, the full dedication needed for the DTM made him decide in favour of leaving the series and focus on Formula E. “The electric formula is an international project I will also tackle with BMW, which I’m very happy about”.

Felix da Costa’s only win in DTM so far was on Race 2 at Zandvoort, in 2015, where he also got pole and posted the fastest lap, but his 2016 campaign has been one of disappointment, and he sits eighteenth in the championship with a best finish of sixth, also at Zandvoort.