DS Techeetah signs da Costa for 2019/20 season
Antonio Felix da Costa will join the DS Techeetah team for the forthcoming 2019/20 Formula E season.
The Portugese driver will join last season’s champion Jean-Eric Vergne at the squad, which also claimed the teams’ title.
“Getting the opportunity to join a double championship winning team in such a highly competitive motorsport category like Formula, E it’s very rare,” said da Costa.
“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-Eric and everyone at DS Techeetah”
The opportunity to move to DS Techeetah opened up when Andre Lotterer moved on to the all-new Porsche squad alongside Neel Jani.
“It’s fantastic to have Antonio with the team,” said team boss Mark Preston.
“He’s a good friend to all of us and we’re all looking forward to welcoming him 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.”
Da Costa leaves the BMW factory team having driven for them since 2014 in DTM, Formula E, World Endurance Championship, and Blancpain GT Series competitions.
The 28-year-old had been with the Formula E team most latterly known as BMW i Andretti Motorsport since the series’ inaugural season in 2014-15.
He’s now been placed on gardening leave until taking up his new role.
A two-time Formula E race winner, da Costa is set to drive his new car in October ahead of the 2019/20 season beginning in Saudi Arabia in November.