Antonio Felix da Costa has shed some mild on his motorsport future, stating that he desires to be a part of the following era of endurance racing, however that his focus will stay together with his involvement in Method E.
Da Costa is at the moment competing in his third season within the FIA World Endurance Championship. He made his sequence debut with BMW throughout the 2018/19 Tremendous Season, after which he signed with JOTA and have become a part of their LMP2 effort.
He resigned with JOTA for the 2021 season and is coming into the Six Hours of Monza as factors chief in school, taking the championship lead together with his second WEC victory final day trip in Portimao.
The Portuguese driver is at the moment additionally one of many prime stars within the fiercely aggressive ABB FIA Method E World Championship. Racing with DS Techeetah, Da Costa charged to the title within the 2019-20 season at the moment sits second within the standings for his title defence, thanks in no small half to a victory in Monaco.
His relationship with DS, which is a part of the Stellantis household that additionally options Peugeot, led some to imagine he might have been a part of Peugeot’s Le Mans Hypercar effort, however he was not chosen as one of many seven drivers for the programme, whereas DS Techeetah team-mate Jean Eric Vergne was.
When requested by MotorsportWeek.com the place his future lies on the subject of the upcoming arrival of the LMH and LMDh prototypes, in addition to his commitments to Method E, Da Costa defined that his major focus lies in Method E, however that he could be greater than prepared to stay in endurance racing sooner or later.
“So long as I can preserve doing each, it’s excellent,” mentioned Da Costa. “My focus will keep in Method E, however I imagine I’ve developed myself. The final 4, 5 years I’ve been doing endurance, I’ve put quite a lot of work into understanding this format of racing and understanding endurance.
“I’ve not ever made a mistake and compromised the automobile, so I actually assume I’ve discovered a great stability between going quick and bringing the automobile dwelling.
“And it’s one thing that I actually get pleasure from, sharing the automobile, it’s not about you anymore, it’s about the entire crew, the entire automobile, and it’s one thing that I actually get pleasure from.
“So ideally, sure. If potential, I actually wish to be on the grid with LMDh and LMH vehicles.”
The lately introduced finalized convergence between LMH and LMDh equipment, which might enable the Le Mans Hypercars to additionally compete within the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, might open extra doorways for European drivers to race in the USA.
Da Costa has restricted IMSA expertise, as soon as contesting the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Jackie Chan DC Racing in 2018. Whereas he says he likes racing in America, it will be tough to decide to a North American marketing campaign given the frequent clashes with the Method E calendar.
“I did as soon as the 24 Hours of Daytona, which I cherished. Clearly, combining IMSA and Method E may be very exhausting, so going out to America could be an enormous dedication. I did get just a few presents and take into account it, nevertheless it’s trying a little bit bit much less seemingly now.”