António Félix da Costa

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António Félix da Costa
António Félix da Costa 2013.jpg
Félix da Costa in 2013.
Nationality Portugal Portuguese
Born (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 23)
Lisbon, Portugal
Related to Duarte Félix da Costa (half-brother)
2014 DTM
Debut season 2014
Current team BMW Team MTEK
Car no. 18
Starts 10
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Finished last season 21st (6 pts) 2014
2014 Formula E
Debut season 2014
Current team Amlin Aguri
Car no. 55
Starts 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
20122013
201012
2010
200809
200809
2008
2008
World Series by Renault
GP3 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Cup
FR 2.0 Portugal W.S.
Championship titles
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is de Mello Breyner and the second or paternal family name is Félix da Costa.

António Maria de Mello Breyner Félix da Costa (born 31 August 1991) is a Portuguese auto racing driver, best known for winning the Macau Grand Prix invitational Formula Three race in 2012,[1] as well as the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2009.[2] He is the younger half-brother of Duarte Félix da Costa, also a racing driver,[3] who primarily competes in sportscar racing.

After progressing through various levels of the junior formulae motorsport ladder, Félix da Costa's breakthrough year came during the 2012 season. Having started the season driving for the Carlin team in the GP3 Series, Félix da Costa was selected to join the Red Bull Junior Team, replacing Formula Renault 3.5 Series driver Lewis Williamson, who had failed to score a point in the first three meetings of the season. Félix da Costa assumed Williamson's drive with the Arden Caterham team,[4] where he ultimately won four of the final five races to be held in the campaign en route to fourth position in the final championship standings, just 23 points behind eventual champion Robin Frijns. Félix da Costa will move to the Arden Caterham team full-time for the 2013 season.[5][6]

Both Félix da Costa and Frijns[7] received tests with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team for the Young Drivers' test in Abu Dhabi – Félix da Costa's second such appearance at the tests, after driving for Force India in 2010[3] – with Félix da Costa setting the pace on the second day. He completed the season with the first Portuguese victory in the Macau Grand Prix in 58 years, leading every racing lap of the meeting en route to victory.[1]

Career[edit]

António Félix da Costa in Motorland diving a Red Bull RB8

Karting[edit]

Born in Lisbon,[8] Félix da Costa began his karting career at the age of nine.[8] In the Cadet class, Félix da Costa won the Portuguese Championship and the Portuguese Karting Open in 2002, before winning the South Portuguese Championship in 2003. In 2004, Félix da Costa stepped up to the ICA-J class, but he had to wait until 2006 to win his first title, the Portuguese Championship. 2006 was the year where he also achieved strong results in European karting events, with a runner-up placing in the World Series Karting Championship and a third in the Italian Open Masters. In 2007, Félix da Costa became an official factory driver for the legendary Italian Tony Kart team, in the newly renamed KF2 category alongside Will Stevens.[9] His best results were a fourth in the Asia-Pacific Championship and a runner-up in the South-Garda Winter Cup.

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

2008[edit]

Félix da Costa moved into single seaters in 2008, competing in both the Eurocup and Northern European championships of Formula Renault. Making his debut in the NEC at Hockenheim, he finished third behind team-mates Valtteri Bottas and Tobias Hegewald, after starting from third on the grid.[10] Unlike his team-mates, his primary focus was the NEC rather than the Eurocup, and Félix da Costa achieved his first NEC win at Oschersleben, while most of his rivals were competing in the Eurocup round at the Hungaroring. He finished the season as runner-up in the championship, 86 points behind Bottas – who won twelve of the season's sixteen races – and as a prize, Félix da Costa tested a Formula Renault 3.5 Series car with the P1 Motorsport team at Paul Ricard.[11] During the season, Félix da Costa also contested six Eurocup races; he recorded a best finish of fourth at Estoril en route to thirteenth in the championship, with five points-scoring finishes in total. Félix da Costa also served as a rookie driver for A1 Team Portugal, at the New Zealand and South African rounds of the 2008–09 A1 Grand Prix season.[12][13]

2009[edit]

With Bottas, Hegewald, Daniel Ricciardo, Roberto Merhi amongst others moving to either Formula Two or Formula Three, Félix da Costa became a title contender in both the Eurocup and NEC Formula Renault series. Félix da Costa followed Bottas' lead of 2008, by dominating the NEC field, wrapping up the title at the Nürburgring.[14][15] Consistency was the key to Félix da Costa's Eurocup campaign, finishing in the top five in the first seven races. He led the series until the rounds at the Nürburgring, where he ran under appeal, for a technical infringement in Super Pole.[16] Félix da Costa dominated the first race at the brand new Ciudad del Motor de Aragón circuit, winning from his first series pole position, and also set fastest lap along the way. He completed the double the following day, however he lost out on second place in the championship to Jean-Éric Vergne on a tie-breaker.

Formula Three[edit]

2010[edit]

Félix da Costa made his Formula Three début in the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season.

Félix da Costa stepped up to the Formula 3 Euro Series for the 2010 season, moving up with Motopark Academy.[17] Félix da Costa scored a point on his début at Le Castellet, giving him pole position for the second race via the series' reverse-grid system. He took further points-scoring finishes in the Saturday races at Hockenheim, Valencia, the Norisring and the Nürburgring. The following day at the Nürburgring, Félix da Costa became the first Portuguese driver to win a race in the series,[18] after he passed pole-sitter Jim Pla at the start of the race.[19] Félix da Costa followed this victory up with further victories at each of the following two meetings at Zandvoort and Brands Hatch; he had finished the Saturday races in eighth position, and thus started both meetings' Sunday races from pole position and led both from start to finish.[20][21]

He achieved one further podium finish at Oschersleben, finishing third, en route to a final championship placing of seventh place and was top-placed rookie. He also contested his first Macau Grand Prix at the end of the season, joining Carlin for the event. Having recorded the thirteenth fastest time in qualifying, Félix da Costa progressed up the field to a sixth place finish in the main 15-lap race. Prior to the event, Félix da Costa took part in the Formula One Young Drivers' Test in Abu Dhabi for Force India.[22] Félix da Costa set the third-fastest time of the first day's running, completing 77 laps.[23]

2011[edit]

In order to return to the Macau Grand Prix in 2011, Félix da Costa contested two meetings of the British Formula Three Championship for Hitech Racing,[24] replacing Max Snegirev in one of the team's cars. He contested races at the Nürburgring and Paul Ricard during July, at circuits he had competed at previously in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He achieved a podium finish in the final race at the Nürburgring, finishing second to Felipe Nasr after a last-lap pass on Carlos Huertas,[25] while he accumulated two podium finishes – second in race one and third in race two – at Paul Ricard. He finished the championship in thirteenth place, tied on points with another of the team's drivers, Riki Christodoulou. He rejoined Hitech Racing for Macau, where he started from the front row[26] for the qualifying race – after Roberto Merhi was given a post-qualifying penalty – but stalled on the grid at the race start, dropping to the back of the field before retiring with gearbox issues. He retired from the main race with a wheel issue.

2012[edit]

For the 2012 Macau Grand Prix, drivers had to compete in any Formula Three championship race during the calendar year, rather than an FIA-regulated championship meeting like previous years, due to the introduction of Dallara's new F312. As a result, Félix da Costa had to compete, for Carlin, in the MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup – a second-tier Formula Three series in the United Kingdom – in its season-ending round at Snetterton,[27] due to commitments in other series. Félix da Costa comfortably won both races, winning the first race by almost a minute and the second race by almost forty seconds.[28][29] At Macau, Félix da Costa set the fastest time during the first qualifying session on Thursday,[30] but ultimately had to start from second on the grid after Alex Lynn improved upon his time during the second session on Friday.[31] Lynn made a slow start in the qualification race and Félix da Costa was momentarily passed by Felix Rosenqvist before he moved back ahead under braking for Lisboa on lap one. He maintained the lead until the end, taking pole position for the main race. Rosenqvist repeated his qualification race start in the Grand Prix itself, but Félix da Costa retook the lead at Lisboa on lap one once again.[32] Félix da Costa maintained the lead until the end,[1] to become the first Portuguese winner of the Grand Prix since Eduardo de Carvalho won the inaugural event in 1954. It was also Carlin's first win in the race since 2001, when Takuma Sato won the event.[33]

GP3 Series[edit]

2010[edit]

Alongside his Formula Three commitments for Motopark Academy, Félix da Costa made his GP3 Series début during the series' inaugural season in 2010, replacing Lucas Foresti at the Carlin team for the rounds at the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps.[34] This was due to Foresti racing concurrently in the British Formula Three Championship, and the GP3 meetings clashed with Formula Three races at Spa-Francorchamps and Snetterton. In his first race, Félix da Costa finished in sixth place,[35] but that was to be his only points-scoring finish, and eventually finished the season 26th in the drivers' championship standings.

2011[edit]

For 2011, Félix da Costa moved into the series on a full-time basis, signing for the Status Grand Prix team[36] to partner former Formula Three rival Alexander Sims and Ivan Lukashevich. Félix da Costa scored points in both races at the season-opening event at Istanbul Park, where he recorded finishes of fifth place and fourth place respectively. After these finishes, Félix da Costa went on a run of nine races without a points finish, with ninth place at Silverstone being his best finish of the barren spell. This was ended by a sixth place finish at the Hungaroring, scoring a point having started from eleventh on the grid. He failed to score at Spa-Francorchamps, before a seventh place finish in the opening race at Monza, where he made his way up the order from fourteenth on the grid. Starting alongside Mitch Evans on the front row for the final race of the season, Félix da Costa held a top-three placing for most of the race and when Evans and James Calado collided with three laps remaining, Félix da Costa was to profit as he assumed the race lead. He held the lead until the end of the race,[37] holding off Rio Haryanto by 0.7 seconds to take his first GP3 victory; the victory helped him to finish thirteenth in the final drivers' championship standings. Félix da Costa also contested the non-championship GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi for Ocean Racing Technology,[38] taking finishes of seventh and thirteenth places respectively.

2012[edit]

Félix da Costa remained in the series for 2012, and he rejoined the Carlin team,[39] partnering British drivers Alex Brundle and William Buller. For the opening round of the season in Circuit de Catalunya, Félix da Costa qualified on pole position by 0.01 seconds ahead of Lotus GP team-mates Conor Daly and Aaro Vainio.[40] Félix da Costa jumped the start of the race, and was given a drive-through penalty as a result.[41] He ultimately finished the race in fourteenth place, before taking a seventh place finish in the weekend's other race.[42] He finished seventh in the opening race at Monaco,[43] meaning he started second for the second race of the weekend. He remained in that position during the race, following Marlon Stöckinger across the line for his first podium of the season.[44]

Félix da Costa was excluded from qualifying at Valencia for a technical infringement, forcing him to start the first race from the back of the grid.[45] He retired from the race on the second lap, after an incident with Dmitry Suranovich; he was later found guilty of causing an avoidable collision and was given a ten-place grid penalty for the second race, forcing him to start at the back once again. Over the course of the 14-lap race, Félix da Costa moved up from 24th to 8th, setting fastest lap of the race in the process.[46] He qualified third at Silverstone, but in the wet conditions that race one was held in, Félix da Costa managed to overtake Vainio off the line, and Mitch Evans early on the first lap. He held the lead from the remainder of the race to take his first win of the season.[47] He finished sixth in the weekend's second race, enabling him to move into third place in the drivers' championship.

After a double retirement at Hockenheim, Félix da Costa scored his second victory of the season at the Hungaroring.[48] Qualifying second to Vainio, Félix da Costa managed to hold off the advances of Evans at the start of the race, and eventually pulled away from his rivals. Evans was later passed by Lotus GP's Daniel Abt, but Félix da Costa maintained a four-second lead over them both and remained clear to the end. With the reverse-grid system, Félix da Costa started eighth for the second race, held in drying conditions. He had moved up to fifth place, on wet tyres, before making a pit stop for dry tyres. At one point during the race, Félix da Costa was lapping some ten seconds quicker than race leaders Matias Laine and Vainio, quickly making his way through the order. He moved into the lead with three laps to go, and ultimately won the race – becoming the first GP3 driver to win both races during a race weekend[49][50] – by almost twelve seconds from Patric Niederhauser.[51] At Spa-Francorchamps, Félix da Costa finished both races in second position to move himself into championship contention, 21.5 points behind championship leader Evans.[52] However, the opening race at Monza eliminated him from the running after a strange electronic problem in the car forcing him to stop during the race, the car suddenly gained power again and he managed to finish the race in 15th, and he ultimately fell to third in the final drivers' championship standings thanks to a win and second for Abt at the meeting.

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

2012[edit]

Midway through the 2012 season, Félix da Costa was selected to join the Red Bull Junior Team, replacing Formula Renault 3.5 Series driver Lewis Williamson, who had failed to score a point in the first three meetings of the season. Félix da Costa was selected to replace Williamson at the Arden Caterham squad – joining Alexander Rossi at the team – ahead of the fourth round of the season, at the Nürburgring.[4] In his début race, Félix da Costa achieved a ninth place finish, scoring two points towards the championship. At Moscow Raceway, Félix da Costa was able to qualify in seventh position for the series' first-ever race at the track, out-qualifying Rossi by almost three tenths of a second. He passed Nico Müller at the start of the race, and was able to hold sixth place for the first half of the race before being demoted by Kevin Korjus. Félix da Costa held seventh until the end of the race; he finished fifteenth in the weekend's second race.[53][54]

At Silverstone, Félix da Costa improved upon his best finish in the series, taking a fifth place finish in an attritional opening race of the weekend,[55] in which only eleven of the race's twenty-six starters were classified. He also recorded the fastest lap of the race, as he avoided all the incidents that befell other drivers. Félix da Costa achieved his first podium finish the following day, turning a ninth place grid start into a second place finish. He finished fourth in the opening race at the Hungaroring, before taking a final-lap victory – his first in the series – during the second race, after an engine failure had eliminated race leader Kevin Magnussen.[56] Félix da Costa continued his good form into the following meeting at Le Castellet, winning a rain-affected opening race from as low as sixth position during the race.[57] Félix da Costa qualified seventh for the second race of the weekend, which was run in similar conditions to the first. He had taken the lead by lap six, having passed Jules Bianchi for the position; Bianchi later overturned the advantage in the mandatory pit-stop phase, and ultimately held on to win from Félix da Costa.[58]

Félix da Costa closed the season with a double victory in Circuit de Catalunya; he won the first race after passing championship contender Sam Bird eight laps from the end,[59] while the final race of the season was another standout wet-weather performance from Félix da Costa, taking victory by almost 28 seconds.[60] Despite missing the first five races of the season, Félix da Costa finished the season fourth in the drivers' championship with 166 points, missing out on the championship title, won by Robin Frijns, by 23 points. Following his performances in both GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5, Félix da Costa was invited to test with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team during the Young Drivers' Test in Abu Dhabi.[7] He tested for two of the scheduled three days, finishing with the second-fastest time – to Magnussen, driving for McLaren – on the opening day,[61] before topping the time-sheets on day two, recording a time half a second quicker than the next best driver, Oliver Turvey.[62]

2013[edit]

In an interview with Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias in September 2012, Félix da Costa stated that he was seeking a full-time seat in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the 2013 season.[63] On 9 January 2013, it was announced that Félix da Costa would be remaining with the Arden Caterham team that he had competed in the series with, during the 2012 season.[5] Félix da Costa, along with Kevin Magnussen, was tipped by the 2012 champion Robin Frijns to be one of the main championship challengers for the season.[64]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter CR Scuderia 4 0 0 0 1 N/A NC†
Formula Renault 2.0 Portugal Winter Motopark Academy 2 0 0 0 0 4 17th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 6 0 0 0 0 18 13th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 16 1 1 1 10 280 2nd
2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Motopark Academy 14 3 2 3 9 128 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 14 9 4 7 11 361 1st
2010 Formula One Force India Test driver
Formula 3 Euro Series Motopark Academy 18 3 0 1 4 40 7th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
GP3 Series Carlin 4 0 0 0 0 3 26th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2011 GP2 Final Ocean Racing Technology 2 0 0 0 0 2 9th
GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 16 1 0 0 1 16 13th
British Formula Three Hitech Racing 6 0 0 1 3 51 13th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2012 Formula One Red Bull Racing Test driver
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Arden Caterham 12 4 0 2 6 166 4th
GP3 Series Carlin 16 3 1 6 6 132 3rd
MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup 2 2 1 2 2 N/A NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 1 1 1 1 N/A 1st
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Arden Caterham 17 3 1 2 6 172 3rd
2014 DTM BMW Team MTEK 10 0 0 0 0 6 21st

† – As da Costa was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2010 Motopark Academy Dallara F308/098 Volkswagen LEC
1

8
LEC
2

8
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

9
VAL
1

6
VAL
2

Ret
NOR
1

7
NOR
2

Ret
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

1
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

1
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

1
OSC
1

3
OSC
2

Ret
HOC
1

9
HOC
2

4
7th 40

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2010 Carlin ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

17
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

12
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
26th 3
2011 Status Grand Prix TUR
FEA

5
TUR
SPR

4
ESP
FEA

12
ESP
SPR

17
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

20†
GBR
FEA

19
GBR
SPR

9
GER
FEA

28
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

11
ITA
FEA

7
ITA
SPR

1
13th 16
2012 Carlin ESP
FEA

14
ESP
SPR

7
MON
FEA

7
MON
SPR

2
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

8
GBR
FEA

1
GBR
SPR

6
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

1
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

2
ITA
FEA

15
ITA
SPR

5
3rd 132

‡ Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2012 Arden Caterham ALC
1
ALC
2
MON
1
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

11
MSC
1

7
MSC
2

15
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

2
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

1
LEC
1

1
LEC
2

2
CAT
1

1
CAT
2

1
4th 166
2013 Arden Caterham MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

1
ALC
1

13
ALC
2

7
MON
1

5
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

4
MSC
1

2
MSC
2

Ret
RBR
1

7
RBR
2

Ret
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

1
LEC
1

1
LEC
2

3
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

13
3rd 172

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
2014 BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM HOC
21†
OSC
11
HUN
8
NOR
20
MSC
11
SPL
Ret
NÜR
13
LAU
Ret
ZAN
14
HOC
9
21st 6

Driver did not finish, but completed 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pos Points
2014-15 Amlin Aguri Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI
PUT
8
PDE
Ret
BNA
MIA
LBH
MON
BER
LON
14th* 4*

* Season in progress.

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Preceded by
Valtteri Bottas
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Ludwig Ghidi
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Daniel Juncadella
Macau Grand Prix
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2012
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Alex Lynn