Reigning champion Antonio Felix Da Costa is brimming with motivation to become Formula E’s first ever world champion. Last season saw the Portuguese driver win the title in his first season with DS Techeetah and now he is looking to replicate this result again but become victorious as world champion.
Season seven is set to start on Friday in Diriyah with a double-header showcasing Formula E’s first ever night races. This will also be the series first season classified as a world championship.
Praising the hard work of Formula E’s preparation for racing to continue during the coronavirus pandemic, Da Costa stated what is spurring him on for the season ahead.
“I don’t think anyone could have foreseen what the last year would be like and certainly not for how long the pandemic would last. The situation is still severe and the fact that we can go racing is nothing but a testament to success of Formula E’s rigorous protocols to keep everyone safe. It’s the first World Championship season and I am more motivated than ever, because who wouldn’t want to be the first Formula E World Champion?”
DS Techeetah Team Principal Mark Preston echoed the same sentiment as Da Costa, praising the hard work of everyone involved whilst also making it clear they were aiming to become the first team to become world champions.
“It has been really tough on everyone in the team and I am beyond impressed with how everyone has taken on the challenge of running a racing team under the circumstances.”
Preston added “Challenges strengthen teams and we have definitely felt that come through. We now have Season 7 ahead of us, the first World Championship season for Formula E and we are extremely keen on getting a World Championship title to our roaster.”
Da Costa’s teammate Jean-Eric Vergne revealed he is pleased with how preparations in pre-season have gone and is eager to get back to racing.
“This team never cease to amaze me. Not even during a pandemic they stop pushing forward. It was a good decision to introduce the Season 7 package a bit later in the season as it has given us the opportunity to run the program like we wanted it. We have done some good upgrades to the package we will start the season with and I’m very excited to introduce the new one later on.”
“This season will be a bit special for the obvious reasons, but I am fully confident in Formula E’s ability to run safe events as they proved they could do so in Berlin last year, and I am so ready to get back on track.”