For Antonio Felix da Costa and the entire DS-Techeetah team, the Monaco E-Prix weekend was crucial in determining whether they could continue to fight for the title.

The Portuguese knew that if they did not score points in Monaco, they could almost forget about the fight for the championship. He said that the time had come to “either throw in the towel” or “pick ourselves up”. With pole position, this issue should be decided.

The current Formula E champion took pole position 0.012 seconds ahead of Robin Frijns.

For the DS Techeetah team, it was the second pole position in six races. For da Costa, this race is very crucial as he is currently only 14th in the championship and, with a 33-point gap to world championship leader, Nyck de Vries, has some catching up to do.

The Portuguese now wants his team to do everything possible to get the best result this weekend. If that doesn’t happen, then they would throw in the towel.

“Nothing is really going wrong, but we’ve just done really small mistakes which have led to big losses of points – myself, the team, altogether,” he said.

“This is where we find ourselves. This is where we either throw our towel on the floor or we pick ourselves back up. The team has shown a great resilience.”

The World Champion added that he had not given 100% in qualifying because the season has not gone well so far. He also did not pay attention to the lap times of his teammate.

“I went like 99% because I’m just not in a place right now, with the way we’ve built our season up to here, to really go full beans and risk touching a wall.”

“I was comfortable with what I needed to do. I said, ‘I am not going to look for lap time anymore’.”

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