Antonio Felix da Costa believes that the circumstances of his Advert Diriyah E-Prix victory created a “good state of affairs” for the BMW Andretti squad forward of the upcoming ABB FIA Formulation E races.
Regardless of pointing in direction of the outer wall in his grid slot, the Portuguese driver made most of his pole place and settled into the lead of the 2018/19 season-opener, remaining in management all through the early phases of the race.
The 2 DS Techeetah vehicles of Jean Eric-Vergne and Andre Lotterer – beginning fifth and seventh respectively – had been working their method up the order, each catching and passing da Costa earlier than the race reached its midway level.
Shortly after the 2 DS-powered vehicles, working one-two, needed to serve drive-through penalties for going over the utmost permitted energy whereas utilizing regen and breaching article 27.9 of FE’s sporting guidelines.
In consequence da Costa discovered himself again within the lead and ultimately clinched first-ever class win for BMW and the Andretti staff.
“Their [DS Techeetah] tempo was spectacular. That’s what I informed my guys,” admitted da Costa, speaking to Motorsport.com.
“In a method, it was good that we see somebody nonetheless has the higher hand on us as a result of I’m positive these guys are going to place their head down and nonetheless work exhausting as a result of that’s what I needed.
“It is a good state of affairs for us, to win the race, win the factors however have one thing to make us return to work and try to enhance,” concluded the 27-year-old racer.
Previous to clinching pole and changing it to a victory in Riyadh, the BMW Andretti squad had emerged as a pre-season favorite following October’s Valencia testing, the place the outfit discovered itself on prime of the timing screens on the finish of all three days of working.
Regardless of a powerful begin to the Bavarian model’s official involvement in FE, their boss of motorsport Jens Marquardt is satisfied that the producer hasn’t been in a position to get probably the most of its present automobile but.
“We have now to be humble right here, [FE is] a really tight and robust championship and for positive we haven’t but extracted the total potential out of our bundle however so has everyone else,” Marquardt informed Motorsport.com.
“We have to hold working exhausting with everyone concerned and go from race to race,” added the German.