Antonio Felix da Costa

António Félix da Costa took part in the third round of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup, held this weekend in the Finnish track of Alastaro, adding another podium finish to his growing collection.

In the first qualifying session, even if he had set the 4th fastest time, António was relegated to 9th position on the starting grid because there were yellow flags on the track at the time he made his fastest lap. In the second session, however, the Portuguese rookie put in a very fast lap, and was rewarded with a front row spot, less than 0.3s from pole.

On the first race of the weekend, António had an excellent start, moving up 4 places going into the first corner, and completing the first lap in 4th position. Unfortunately, due to inexperience, the Portuguese let his car roll slightly before the red lights went on and received a stop and go penalty, finishing in 14th place.

In the second race, António Félix da Costa had a great start from 2nd place on the grid and went into the first corner slightly ahead of the up to then unbeatable Valtteri Bottas. The two team mates fought through the first corners and António had to settle for 2nd place, keeping this position until the end of the race.

According to the young Portuguese driver: “It was unfortunate to get that penalty in the first race, as I felt capable of fighting for the first place. I’m getting closer to Bottas all the time. Considering this is his 2nd year I am still doing my first races, I have to be very satisfied with my results so far and very optimistic for the upcoming races. We had another great podium finish in the second race and I leave Alastaro in 3rd place in the overall standings and as best rookie.”

The next Formula Renault NEC event takes place in Oschersleben, Germany, on July 5th and 6th, and António Félix da Costa will be back in action with his sights set on 2nd place in the Championship.