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da Costa named Red Bull reserve for China

Antonio Felix da Costa to act as Red Bull reserve for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai
Antonio Felix da Costa has been named as Red Bulls reserve driver for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

The Portuguese youngster will take on the role for both Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso in Shanghai in place of regular third driver Sebastien Buemi – who is competing in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship with Toyota at Silverstone.

Da Costa is one of Red Bull's Junior drivers and is competing in Formula Renault 3.5 this season with Arden Caterham; taking victory in race two at Monza last weekend.

The 21-year-old finished fourth in the standings with the same team last year despite only joining the grid from the fourth meeting of the campaign, while he also finished third in GP3 with Carlin.

Da Costa, who also won the 2012 running of the Macau Grand Prix, tested for Red Bull during the Young Driver session in Abu Dhabi back in November.


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sodesu - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 10:17 AM

Christ, is Marko suffering from ADD or something? It's almost like as soon as they bring a driver into their programme they immediately lose interest in him. Seems like they're obsessed with finding the "next Vettel". I'm sure Ricciardo and Vergne won't be too pleased with this... not to mention Buemi. Don't get me wrong, I think Da Costa is looking like a proper talent and look forward to following his career but jeez, the rate at which their so-called development programme chews up youg drivers and spits them out seems a bit crazy. Give them some proper room to DEVELOP instead of just throwing them in the deep end and kick them out if they don't start winning immediately.

D-Fuct - Unregistered

April 10, 2013 2:19 PM

"I'm sure Ricciardo and Vergne won't be too pleased with this" - I imagine they'd be considerably more displeased if Da Costa did run on Friday cos he's seriously rapid, broke the WSR lap record pre-season! I agree though, RB YDP certainly spits 'em back out pretty quickly, as the the Renault DD programme before it.



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