A software glitch caused Antonio Felix Da Costa to retire early from the Paris ePrix after having a “near perfect” weekend.
The Portuguese racer made it through to super-pole and qualified in fifth; his best result of the season so far.
On lap two, the hard work of getting into the final five vanished as a software glitch caused Da Costa to lose his brakes at Turn 3, but luckily he found a small bit of run-off.
“We had a software issue on lap two,” said Da Costa. “This means everything switches off. You lose power, you lose brakes, you lose everything. It happened right when I pressed the brakes. It happened three times in one lap and three times I went straight on, it was dangerous so we decided to retire the car.
Da Costa is hoping his luck can change in Formula E, as he feels confidence plays a major role in how you perform at each ePrix.
“Formula E is very much about building on confidence, so it’s hard when you get you finally get a break from bad luck and you put the car in Super Pole and have a near perfect weekend. Then you have a bad race, or you have a technical problem its tough to take. We are learning more every day though and we will look into it and come back stronger in Berlin,” added Da Costa.
The Andretti driver is 15th in the drivers’ championship after scoring 16 points from eight races.