New FE champion da Costa reveals he was “close to giving up”

Da Costa sealed his first crown since his 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC success with second place in the fourth Berlin race after a team orders call to drop behind team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne. The 1-2 also assured the DS Techeetah team of successive teams’ titles. 

The Portuguese driver replaced Andre Lotterer at the squad for this term, having raced for team principal Mark Preston under the outfit’s former Aguri guise in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Da Costa finished eighth at the first effort, but slumped to 13th the next season before signing for Amlin Andretti. 

“I have no words right now,” he said. “Just the bad times really come to my mind because [I was] so close to giving up some times and, thanks to the people around me, I never did. 

“But more than that, thanks to these guys [at DS Techeetah] who I raced with in season one and they knew what I could do even when I was finishing nowhere in P15 and they brought me back.”

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Da Costa also credited Vergne for getting him up to speed after moving from BMW Andretti, which was delayed by a contract clause until pre-season testing in October. 

He added: “A massive thanks to [Vergne].  He’s a hard bone to chew but he pushed me all the way. He helped me out a lot.

“It is also thanks to him that I was able to be…

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