Paris ePrix: Antonio Felix da Costa “frustrated with mistake in Qualifying”

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Paris ePrix, Paris, France. Saturday 23 April 2016. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _W2Q1893

Having been stripped of his pole position and retiring from the race at the Long Beach ePrix, Antonio Felix da Costa was hoping for a better weekend at the first European race of the season.

He had mixed practice sessions, (14th in the first, 7th in the second). After waiting to have his turn to qualify in the fourth and final group stage, he could only manage 10th fastest – prime position for some great midfield battles.

“I did [enjoy the battles] but I hoped to be a bit more in front and could do the whole race on my own,” da Costa said after the race.

“I made a mistake in qualifying which meant I had to start a bit more up the back, which isn’t good. I had some good fights up there with Oliver and Robin. Always fair so happy with that.”

Antonio agreed with his fellow drivers that the Paris circuit was stunning to drive, but not ideal in race conditions.

“For one lap for qualifying it’s amazing, very technical. But for racing it’s probably the hardest track we have, it’s hard to overtake.

“It generates a little less exciting races but we knew that, and therefore I’m a bit more frustrated with my mistake in qualifying because I knew that it would be important to be up the front. Nonetheless very good weekend, very nice to be here in Paris. Very happy.”

Formula E returns to Berlin next month, albeit at a different location. Unfortunately da Costa will miss the German leg of the season while he competes in DTM. But why does he think fans, established and new, should come along to the final four rounds of the season?

“I think that all the cities now are pretty amazing. Berlin is going to be packed, Germany has a big passion for racing. Unfortunately there is DTM that weekend as well, so we’ll see if that separates people a little bit.

“London is a no-brainer. There’s such a big racing community near that area so for sure it’s going to be packed as well.”

The Berlin ePrix takes place on Saturday 21st May.

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