After what happened in the first Valencia E-Prix of the Formula E season (in which only nine drivers were able to finish the race), many drivers and spectators would pay special attention from now on to saving energy.
Antonio Felix Da Costa was the main protagonist of the first harvest in Valencia and Monaco last Saturday, for the bad and for the good respectively. The Portuguese was leading the classification in the Spanish E-Prix when in the last lap he was overtaken by the Dutch De Vries.
At Monaco, luck smiled on the Techeetah driver when he beat Mitch Evans on the last lap.
The Jaguar driver after the dispute admitted to being “gutted” for losing the victory in the last moments and for “paying the price” for consuming excess energy to gain position on the track.
“Right now it hurts but when you look back I got myself into that position because I burned energy under attack (mode). I knew it was my only chance to get past them and I had two minutes left. I got Robin (De Frijns) in the ( turn) one and obviously Antonio (Felix da Costa) in (turn) three and that really bit me hard later in the race, ”he said.
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It should be noted that Evans was about to consecrate himself with the overtaking of the race when he successfully passed da Costa for the lead in the narrow and fast Beau Rivage curve, a rather unusual place to overtake at the Monte Carlo circuit although then he did not stay behind. the head of the grill.
The New Zealander explained that in the final moments of the dispute he was on the defensive knowing the ability of the competition champion António Felix da Costa but that he could not do it successfully.
“It hurts because Monaco is Monaco, everyone wants to win here. Third is great but you want to get that first win around here. I’ve got multiple podiums in other categories but not a win and we came half a lap short unfortunately today,” he said.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago