|António Félix da Costa|
|Date of Birth||31/08/1991|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Total Entries||28 (28 Starts)|
|Team||BMW Team Schnitzer|
|Car||BMW M4 DTM|
Da Costa switched to BMW Team Schnitzer for the 2015 Season, using #13 as team mate to Martin Tomczyk. At the season opening DTM Festival at Hockenheim in early May, da Costa took a best finish of thirteenth over the weekend, achieved in the first race, recovering from an early race spin.
Da Costa's career began in go-karts in the year 2000, becoming renowned in the sport for taking second in the World Series Karting Championship by 2006. In 2008, da Costa was promoted to single seat racing, competing in Formula Renault, winning the series a year later. He was rewarded with a test drive for Force India in Formula One, putting the car third on the time sheets in the young driver test of 2010.
2012 saw da Costa take the Macau GP, a renowned Formula Three race around the streets of Macau. He was spotted by Red Bull Racing , who signed da Costa to their young driver development programme, and named him as a test driver for the 2013 (and later 2014) Formula One season. After winning the GP3 championship in 2013, da Costa entered the DTM Championship in 2014, while also competing in Formula-e.
BMW first announced that da Costa would be driving for them in 2014 in December 2013, heading, with Red Bull sponsorship, to the MTEK pair of cars. After retiring at the opening race, da Costa clinched his first points at the Oschersleben meeting a few weeks later. Unfortunately for da Costa, he would only score once more during his début season, finishing ninth at the Season Finale at Hockenheim. He finished the season 21st overall, with six points to his name.
Da Costa was signed for BMW's DTM programme, alongside seven drivers from 2014. He achieved a thirteenth place finish in the first race of the DTM Festival, after contact with Miguel Molina on the opening lap dropped him to the back.
Full DTM RecordEdit
Da Costa's full results from his 28 starts in the DTM are outlined in a series of tables below.
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for da Costa during his DTM career:
|António Félix da Costa's Overall DTM Record|
|2014||BMW Team MTEK||18||BMW M4 DTM||21st||6|
|2015||BMW Team Schnitzer||13||BMW M4 DTM||11th||79|
|2016||BMW Team Schnitzer||13||BMW M4 DTM|
Below is a table showing António Félix da Costa's full DTM record.
|DTM Championship Record|
|3rd||Third||DNS||Did Not Start|
|7th||Points Scorer||NC||Not Classified|
|Italics||Qualifying Race||C||Race Cancelled|
|16th||Non-points finish||†||Non-Championship Race|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 'Antonio Felix da Costa', dtm.com, (DTM, 2015), http://www.dtm.com/node/358?language=en-gb, (Accessed 03/05/2015)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'Lights-to-flag win for Jamie Green in an action-packed race', dtm.com, (DTM, 02/05/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/lights-flag-win-jamie-green-action-packed-race-2015-05-02.html?language=en-gb, (Accessed 03/02/2015)
- ↑ 'Martin and Félix da Costa line up in the DTM', bmw-motorsport.com, (BMW, 06/13/2013), http://www.bmw-motorsport.com/en/news/current-news/2013/12/neue_fahrer.html, (Accessed 03/05/2015)
- ↑ Aller, Tamara, 'BMW retains seven drivers for 2015, drops Joey Hand', TouringCarTimes, (Mediaempire Stockholm AB, 06/12/2014), (Accessed 03/05/2015)