ANTONIO FELIX DA COSTA JOINS DS TECHEETAH
DS TECHEETAH is proud to announce that Antonio Felix Da Costa will join the team on 1 October 2019.
The 28-year-old Portuguese driver will take his long-term race number #13 for Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship that starts on Saturday 22 November 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Antonio has raced in the championship since its inception, having contested 54 races where he achieved pole positions, podiums and two race wins (Buenos Aires and Riyadh). In the last Formula E season 5 2018/2019 Antonio Felix da Costa finished 6th overall.
Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal: “It’s fantastic to have Antonio back with the team. He’s a close friend with all of us during his time away and we’re all looking forward to welcoming him home and to see him in the gold and black DS TECHEETAH colours. He will be a great, and fast, addition to the team and we’re all very excited to see what Jean-Eric and Antonio will deliver on track this coming year.”
Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director: “I am particularly proud to welcome Antonio in our team. His experience in this discipline and his speed will be crucial in our pursuit of victories and titles. While awaiting the first race in Riyadh, he will be able to commence several test sessions together with Jean-Eric and help us to improve our DS FE E-TENSE 20.”
Antonio Felix Da Costa, DS TECHEETAH Driver: “Getting the opportunity to join a double championship winning team in such a highly competitive motorsport category like Formula E it’s very rare. It was a very hard decision to leave my current position but it’s an opportunity I just couldn’t say no to and I’m very excited to join Jean-Éric and everyone at DS TECHEETAH.”
Jean-Éric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH Driver: “I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Antonio. We’ve been friends for a long time, and we’ve been part of the same motorsport program in the past so it’s great to be able to work together again. He will be a great addition to the team.”
ABOUT DS TECHEETAH
TECHEETAH Formula-E team is a Chinese racing team in the all-electric street racing series, ABB FIA Formula E. The team is owned by SECA (Shanghai) Limited.
The team won the 2017/2018 Drivers' Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne and together with André Lotterer, the team secured second place in the Teams' Championship in the 2017/2018 season of Formula E.
Since the 2018/2019 season of the all-electric championship, TECHEETAH partnered with DS Automobiles to become DS TECHEETAH.
The team won the 2018/2019 Teams’ Championship and Drivers' Championship title with Jean-Éric Vergne.
ABOUT CHINA MEDIA CAPITAL (CMC)
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Driven by the avant-garde spirit and backed by an exceptional heritage of the 1955 DS, DS Automobiles, launched in 2015, aims to embody French luxury savoir-faire in the automotive industry. DS Automobiles is the PSA Group's Premium brand.
Designed for customers seeking personal expression and eager for the latest technologies, the second-generation DS models combine refinement and advanced technology. With the SUVs DS 7 CROSSBACK and DS 3 CROSSBACK, the DS brand is launching a range of six worldwide vehicles, all offered in electrified versions under the E-TENSE signature. For its demanding customers, DS Automobiles has created ‘ONLY YOU, the DS experience’, its exclusive service program for a unique brand experience.
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