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New Da Costa BMW Deal Imminent

Antonio Felix da Costa is expected to remain at BMW i Andretti for 2019-20…

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A deal for BMW i Andretti Motorsport to retain Antonio Felix da Costa for the next ABB FIA Formula E Championship season is expected to be completed soon.

Da Costa, who has raced in all but four Formula E races since the inception of the championship, has been a factory BMW-contracted driver since 2014.

He initially competed in DTM with BMW Team MTEK before completing two seasons with BMW Team Schnitzer.

A new deal for at least one more season of Formula E is believed to be on the table for the Portuguese driver, who claimed the team’s first ever victory at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December and has twice led the 2018-19 points standings.

It is believed that da Costa currently has one all-encompassing deal for his twin Formula E and FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns with the German manufacturer.

“Officially I don’t have a deal for Season Six yet but it is very positive and open, so the dialogue is good with Jens [Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director] and the team,” da Costa told e-racing365 earlier this season.

“There is a great feeling in the team and I love racing here of course.

“I can’t say much else yet about the future but I am happy and proud racing for BMW.”

Marquardt, while not confirming that da Costa would stay with the team, hinted that wholesale changes to its structure are unlikely for Season Six.

“I definitely am clear in my mind. Antonio has been here [with the team] from the very beginning and he is leading the drivers’ championship,” Marquardt told e-racing365 just before the Rome E-Prix.

“I wouldn’t say at this point in time that there would really be anything that we would have to worry about. I think we have a very good driver lineup here.

“For me it looks that our guys deserve the chance they have been given and I’m sure at the end of the year we’ll have a chat where we say we definitely did the right thing.”

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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