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Da Costa and BMW Split; DS Techeetah Deal Imminent

Antonio Felix da Costa set to join DS Techeetah after leaving BMW i Andretti Motorsport…

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Antonio Felix da Costa is poised to move to DS Techeetah for the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season after an exit from his BMW contract was agreed last week.

Da Costa and BMW have finally agreed to part after several weeks of negotiations, ensuring that the Portuguese driver now has a clear path to join Jean-Eric Vergne as Andre Lotterer’s replacement.

E-racing365 first reported the likelihood of da Costa joining Vergne at DS Techeetah earlier this month after meetings between his advisors and the Chinese team took place during and in the weeks after the New York City E-Prix.

Da Costa and his management representative Tiago Monteiro are said to have also notified BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt that the 28-year-old wanted to move on from his factory role which began in 2014.

The specifics of the schism between da Costa and BMW are not known but a source told e-racing365 last week that they were “varied”.

One of the main areas of contention appears to revolve around da Costa’s roles in BMW’s other motorsport programs after its recent withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Da Costa, who e-racing365 reported last week did not join Alexander Sims and Max Guenther at a private test recently, had maintained good relations with his former Amlin Aguri boss and current DS Techeetah team principal Mark Preston paving the way for a switch to the French-based, Chinese-entered team.

The deal for da Costa to join Vergne for the 2019-20 season is expected to be announced shortly.

Da Costa scored BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s first Formula E win at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December, the second Formula E win of his career.

Neither BMW i Andretti Motorsport, DS Techeetah or da Costa himself would comment on the matter when approached by e-racing365.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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