BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Antonio Felix da Costa has emerged as a potential replacement for Andre Lotterer at DS Techeetah next season.
The Portuguese driver’s representative and former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro is believed to have held meetings with team officials over the New York City weekend to the seat vacated by Lotterer, who was confirmed at Porsche on Wednesday morning.
Da Costa finished sixth in the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, taking his second career victory in the inaugural Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.
He is well known to several key figures at the Chinese-owned DS Techeetah team, including Mark Preston who was his team principal at Team Aguri in the first two seasons of Formula E.
Da Costa won the Buenos Aires E-Prix for Aguri in 2015.
When asked about his future by e-racing365 at last weekend’s New York City race, Da Costa said: “There’s always things to finalize but really I don’t want to talk about it.”
Da Costa was previously assumed to be staying at BMW i Andretti for at least another season, but it’s believed his contract status was complicated further due to BMW’s withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship.
BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt would not comment directly on his two current drivers but said the manufacturer’s 2019-20 pairing will be decided after a post-season analysis.
“From our point of view we have some good things to analyze for this year and we will go from there,” Marquardt told e-racing365.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out but at the same time you only need to fix things that need to be fixed and that is down to the [post-season] analysis.”
DS Approached by Multiple “High-Level” Drivers
A statement from DS Techeetah, meanwhile, says it has been approached by multiple “high-level” drivers.
“With one of the most competitive seats in the series, the team has been approached by multiple high-level drivers and are currently evaluating who will team up with Jean-Éric Vergne from Season Six onwards,” the statement read. “This will be announced in due course.”
E-racing365 believes that the team’s key target is da Costa and that talks are at an advanced stage for him to join Vergne for the 2019-20 season.
The team has also spoken to Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland, but it is believed the 2018-19 standout rookie is committed to his long-term deal with the Japanese manufacturer.
Meanwhile, Lotterer has paid tribute to the DS Techeetah team with which he scored seven podium positions during his two-season stint with the squad.
“I’ve had such an amazing time with DS Techeetah and I’d like to thank each and every member of the team for the faith they put in me when I joined and for all the great work and unforgettable moments we’ve had together,” said the 37-year-old.
“After two years with the team, I was offered a new challenge that I couldn’t say no to. I wish everyone the very best and look forward to battle it out from the other side.”