11 Jul 21

Reigning champ da Costa sets early Sunday benchmark in FP3

DS TECHEETAH's Antonio Felix da Costa set the fastest time in Free Practice 3 ahead of the ABB New York City E-Prix Round 11, ahead of Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans and Envision Virgin Racing's Nick Cassidy.

Antonio Felix da Costa topped the times in Free Practice 3 ahead of the second race of Formula E's New York City double-header, with Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) and Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) rounding out the top three.

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DS TECHEETAH looked strong through Round 10 and da Costa's effort may indicate the Sino-French outfit will be in and around the sharp end of the grid in Round 11, too. Similarly, despite a retirement for Evans in yesterday's E-Prix, the Jaguar proved handy - with Sam Bird recovering from a practice shunt and 20th on the grid to ninth and the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap.

Cassidy flew to pole position for Round 10 - his second in Formula E after his Rome Super Pole heroics. The Kiwi was sharp in race one in Brooklyn but energy management having led from the front proved tough, though he did still come home an encouraging fourth ahead of teammate and joint standings leader Robin Frijns. 

The Dutchman himself wound up fourth in FP3 with Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) and Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing) completing the top six. Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) shares the standings lead with Frijns and managed the 10th fastest time of the morning's running.

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Voting is still open for FANBOOST until 15 minutes into Round 11, with Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQheading the way on 19 per cent of the vote ahead of DS TECHEETAH's Antonio Felix da Costa, Round 10 winner Jean-Eric Vergne, Jaguar Racing driver Sam Bird following his recovery heroics yesterday and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ).

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Qualifying follows at 09:30 local time, with the ABB New York City E-Prix Round 11 to come at 13:30. In the meantime, catch up with yesterday's action in the Live Hub.

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