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Da Costa: Energy Management Now “Much More Important”

Antonio Felix da Costa is looking forward to more energy racing in the 2019-20 Formula E season…

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New DS Techeetah signing Antonio Felix da Costa is preparing for more energy management racing in the coming Formula E season which begins at Diriyah tomorrow.

Da Costa, who scored his second Formula E win in the first-ever Formula E race in Saudi Arabia last December, also says the emphasis on energy consumption management will suit him.

“We’ve done a lot of energy management work, more than last year,” said the Portuguese driver.

“JEV [Jean-Eric Vergne] has developed this car together with the team and a lot of the things are designed around him.

“So, he knows it very well but he has been helpful telling me why things happen this way and how to do it and take big advantage of the car and the systems.

“There are still things I need to improve so I will just try to close up on everything to make sure I get there prepared because energy management will be much, much more important this year which is something I really like. It is a good thing for me.”

Da Costa, who completed his simulator work with the team just a few days ago, explained that he now understands why DS Techeetah has become so successful in recent seasons.

“These guys work extremely hard,” he said.

“Since I have joined them it does not surprise me why these guys are double champions because they get the work in, get the hours in, so I am impressed with everything.”

Da Costa qualified in Group 1 for every Formula E race last season and will again be placed in the first group for qualifying in Diriyah, even though he finished sixth in last year’s standings.

With Porsche and Mercedes joining the championship, qualifying groups will be made up of six cars rather than the previous two groups of five and six seen last season.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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