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Felix da Costa achieves best result of the year at the Japanese Grand Prix – Motorsport

Felix da Costa achieves best result of the year at the Japanese Grand Prix – Motorsport

The Portuguese driver is in fourth place

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Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa (Porsche) on Saturday achieved his best result of the Formula E season so far, finishing fourth in the Japan e-Prix in Tokyo.

The Cascais-born driver, who started from ninth place on the grid, crossed the finish line 1.822 seconds behind German winner Max Gunther (Maserati), who trailed Briton Oliver Rowland (Nissan) in second place by 0.755 seconds. With fellow Briton Jake Dennis (Andretti) in third place with 1.405.

Felix da Costa finished third in Japan's debut in the electric car championship. However, in the final laps, when he was trying to attack second place, the Portuguese driver ended up losing his place on the podium, crossing the finish line in fourth place.

“We once again showed our competitiveness, especially in the race, with good pace, good overtaking and an effective energy management strategy. In the end I still thought I could win and tried to move to second place, but Rolland did not make it. “It was “It was easy and I ended up in fourth place.”

Although he asserted that “today I really wanted to get on the podium”, Felix da Costa admitted that he was “happy with the podium”. [sua] Performance” and also with the “development” shown by the team in the last two races.

“The level of Formula E is very high, with many very strong teams, so if we want to fight for victories, we now have to focus on improving qualifying, to be in a better position to fight,” concluded Felix da Costa.

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German Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche), who ranked fifth today, regained the championship lead with 63 points, two points ahead of New Zealander Nick Cassidy (Jaguar), who was only eighth today. Felix da Costa now ranks eleventh with 20 points.

The next tour is a double leg, which will take place in Misano (Italy) on April 13-14.

By Lusa