Antonio Felix da Costa shared his thoughts about the controversial ending of Saturday’s Valencia E-Prix round 1 race.
The first-ever Formula E race at Circuit Ricardo Tormo ended under extremely bizarre circumstances – around half of the field ran out of energy ahead of the final lap. The driver, who lost the most in that situation was DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa. The reigning champion started the race from pole position, led the entire race, and ended up being disqualified.
After the race, da Costa spoke about the dramatic outcome and the questions it arose.
“Obviously for me the number one problem is I lost the win in the last lap. But as a motorsport fan, as a Formula E fan and having been here from the beginning and for seven years of trying to convince people that we’re the real deal and we’re a professional and serious series, today I think we had some unconvinced people watching us because we’re racing at a permanent track and it’s not the ending we should have given them,” da Costa told RaceFans.
“I don’t want to start going on the FIA or whatever but they have the power to do it differently. So I’m sure that they’re not happy with what happened, no one’s happy,” he added.
“We shouldn’t be here blaming each other. For me we learn from the mistakes and the whole paddock will do better,” he said in the conclusion.