The Portuguese driver António Félix da Costa, winner of the inaugural race of Formula E 2018/19, intends to maintain the lead of the championship “with intelligence and without making mistakes”, in Marrakesh this Saturday.
“The victory of Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] was undoubtedly incredible, but that is already there and now the focus is totally on this weekend,” said António Félix da Costa in declarations to his communication channels.
The pilot said he is working together with the team and BMW “in some of the lesser areas of the car” in order to “stay competitive in the fight for the front seats”.
“Unlike Riyadh, Marrakesh is a circuit that all teams know, so I think the balance will be even greater,” said António Félix da Costa.
Félix da Costa, 27, thinks that “the level of teams and drivers is very high” and “at this stage, the important thing is not the accounts of the championship, but rather think race to race and bring home the most points”.
António Félix da Costa was also one of the drivers who won the ‘Fanboost’ competition in Riyadh, which awards the five most voted by the public to have a power supplement.
One of the novelties of this season is the ‘Attack Mode’, where the riders will have specific zones where they can leave the ideal line of trajectory and pass over three ‘pick up points’, having later during a period of 25KW extra.
With all these changes and the duration of the 45-minute race plus a lap, the tactics and strategy of riders and teams undoubtedly have an even more decisive role in track racing.
The second stage of the 2018/19 Formula E calendar, which includes 13 events, takes place on Saturday in Marrakech, with two free practice sessions and qualifying in the morning, and at 15:00 a 45-minute race (more a turn).
Félix da Costa, with 28 points, leads the Formula One championship, a test of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) for single-seater 100% electric, which is in its fifth season with ten more than Jean-Eric Vergne, second place.