Antonio Felix da Costa has joined the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team as its new works driver alongside Pascal Wehrlein for Season 9.
Da Costa has competed in Formula E since the inaugural 2014/15 campaign and strode to the Drivers' title in Season 6, with the Portuguese dominating the unique six-race nine-day Berlin finale. The 30-year-old has 96 race starts, seven wins, 16 podiums and eight Julius Baer Pole Positions to his name.
“It’s like a dream come true. I’m really looking forward to cracking on and winning races for this team,” says da Costa. “I’ve been beaten by a Porsche many times in my career, and not only in Formula E, so I know that Porsche does everything to win. It’s in the brand’s DNA. I share the same ambition and can hardly wait to bond with the team and work together to ensure a successful start to the Gen3 era.”
“I’m delighted that António is coming on board. He has an incredible skill set as a racing driver and has demonstrated many times that he’s a winner, not only in Formula E,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “We hold him in high regard as a driver and on his own merits as a person. He’s a positive guy who is a great fit for us and the Porsche Motorsport family. I’m confident that we’ll fight for victories and titles together for years to come.”
“We’re very much looking forward to working with Antonio,” says Florian Modlinger, Director Factory Motorsport Formula E. “I know him from various racing series and I have a lot of respect for him on a personal level. It’s incredible what he has already achieved in Formula E. We’ll do our utmost to give him a competitive Gen3 car so that he can fight for wins and titles. The team is very much looking forward to welcoming him.”
Da Costa replaces Andre Lotterer at the German manufacturer. The multiple Le Mans winner and sportscar champion's best finish was eighth in Season 6 - his and Porsche's first campaign in Formula E. He scored four podiums for the team but never managed a race win.
Lotterer has so far spent five years in the series and is yet to confirm his plans for Season 9 and beyond.