Mercedes-EQ’s farewell to Formula E at the end of the season and the debut of a new generation of electric single-seaters in 2023, combined with the entry of new teams into the championship (ABT, Maserati and McLaren) are shaking up the ” pilots’ market.
At DS for example, in addition to the preparations for the change of championship partner, from the Chinese Techeetah to the North American Dragon/Penske, we are working on the selection of a new teammate for the Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne. , with Stoffel Vandoorne. , the Belgian from Mercedes-EQ leading the 2022 World Cup, in pole position.
The French team considers the Portuguese driver, champion of season 6, lost to… Porsche, replacing the German André Lotterer. Félix da Costa does not confirm the change, only guaranteeing that Formula E is the priority for 2023, “at DS, at Maserati or at another team. In Berlin, confronted by A BOLA with these rumours, he replied: “I have been working with Tiago Monteiro for 12 years. Our relationship is based on friendship and trust. We have no signed papers! The decision is coming very soon. I will continue in this championship which is the future of motorsport”.
Félix da Costa is in his 3rd season with DS Techeetah, the team with which he won the championship in season 6 (2019-20). In Formula E, António has 87 ePrix (out of a total of 91 in the competition created in 2014…), 6 wins, 14 podiums, 6 pole positions and 3 fastest laps.
Porsche is also preparing to return to the top class of the World Endurance Championship, with an LMHd prototype capable of fighting for overall victory both in this championship and in the most important race of the season, the 24 Hours. from the Mans. For António Félix da Costa, (perhaps) another “open door”: currently, in WEC, the Portuguese driver represents JOTA in the LMP2 category.