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Budapest: BMW’s Felix da Costa to leave DTM

BMW driver Antonio Felix da Costa has announced his departure from DTM at the end of the current season to focus on Formula E.
BMW driver Antonio Felix da Costa has announced his departure from DTM at the end of the current season.

The Portuguese driver joined BMW in the German touring car series after missing out on a shot in F1 with Toro Rosso in 2014.

In his three years in DTM Felix da Costa has stood on the podium on three occasions, all in the 2015 campaign to date, with the highlight of pole position and a race victory in race two at Zandvoort.

An underwhelming 2016 has yielded just three points finishes so far while he has been dovetailing his campaign with Formula E driving for Team Aguri and will resume in the all-electric series with MS Amlin Andretti next month.

“I'm extremely happy to have represented BMW in the DTM for the last three seasons in a championship that is super competitive and requires a lot of skill,” said Felix da Costa. “However, I felt extremely confident from the word go in 2014 where I had one of the best qualifying results ever for a rookie.

“I have had a lot of good times in the DTM, with a pole position and race victories, and have enjoyed it massively working with my team-mates. However, this championship requires full-time focus, so I have decided to put all my efforts into Formula E and am happy to be part of a future international project for BMW, which is making me very excited and will require a lot of my time, too.”

BMW has confirmed the 25-year-old will be retained as a factory works driver will an eye on future outings in GT racing having driven a BMW M6 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters and with the German manufacturer in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.

Felix da Costa becomes the second BMW DTM driver to finish at the end of the season after Martin Tomczyk confirmed his retirement from racing earlier this year.
by Haydn Cobb



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Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
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