At the close of the Formula Renault 3.5 season at the Circuit de Catalunya, a disappointed, Antonio Felix da Costa, remarked on the inconsistent season he endured with his team, Arden Caterham. Together they celebrated three wins in the series but a turbulent mid season cast some doubts over his future with Toro Rosso.
“I'm disappointed. The goal was to win and we weren't even close for whatever reason”, he confessed to Crash.net
The Red Bull Junior's season began promisingly as he claimed a win in the first weekend; for the pre-season title favourite, the pressure was on to perform.
“I am happy with the three wins we got, especially because two were on track against Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne. For me, it proves a point”.
The Portuguese driver's finished third in the championship behind the two front runners who dominated proceedings throughout the season. Magnussen finalise his championship victory with a converted pole, to win ahead of Vandoorne and Will Stevens.
Felix da Costa, who suffered a lengthy drought of wins, further admitted that his early run of form returned following the summer break.
“It was good to come back after the summer; we went forwards which was good”.
“Maybe the first weekend of the year was the best for us, two race wins were possible and the win in Budapest was really good, of course. It was a pleasure to drive alongside Kevin and Stoffel”, he added just moments after the race. Felix da Costa was pushed out of the points after dropping positions in the first few laps.
“Today is the lowest point of my season. This weekend we really struggled and we don't know why. I don't know what happened”.
The race weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya was the last chance for all drivers to impress as their focus now shifts to the upcoming 2014 season. Reports link the twenty-two-year-old to a now-vacant seat at Toro Rosso following Daniel Ricciardo's promotion to Red Bull.
“I am thinking about the season now; from the moment I leave the car. I am just waiting for some phone calls and then I will think about it some more”.
By Katie Grimmett