Formula E

Antonio Felix da Costa celebrates third Formula E victory in a row in Portland: "Incredible wave I'm riding right now", Wehrlein keeps the championship battle open

Svenja König

Svenja König

It's an "incredible wave" that Antonio Felix da Costa is currently riding. The numbers speak for themselves: he has now won three races in a row, four of the last five races and has been the first to see the chequered flag in five of the last eight races. Another masterclass from the Portuguese driver was witnessed in Sunday's race at Portland.

In contrast to some of his rivals such as Andretti and Jaguar, the Portuguese driver tried to stay in the leading group from the start and not fall too far behind. This brought several advantages in this race: Firstly, there were many collisions and broken front wings in the midfield, which he was at least able to avoid for the most part, even if his Porsche was not without damage.

On the other hand, after the safety car phase, he was in an ideal position on the track to fight for victory. He even had more energy than Robin Frijns, who was leading the field at the time, and was therefore able to win the race. "We navigate very well through these chaotic races, we are fast and clever," says Felix da Costa after the race. "And I'm even having fun doing it."

"I never want to go through a slump like this again"

It seems almost unbelievable what a turnaround the Portuguese's season has taken. As recently as March, he seemed to be in the midst of a career crisis. "I don't know what to say. I'm happy, emotional, angry and everything else at the same time. If you had told me four months ago that I would win four or five more races this season, I wouldn't have believed it," he said after the race. "I'm very grateful to be riding this wave right now because I know it won't last forever."

Looking back, he says: "I never want to go through a slump like that again. It's one thing to be somewhere in the midfield, but we were really slow." When asked whether this would have motivated him to improve, he says with a wink: "If that were the case, I would have a big problem, because then I would have to get very angry very often."

Wehrlein: "Both races should have been better"

Thanks to his many race wins, Felix da Costa has managed to work his way up from the back of the field to a contender in the championship battle. Without the controversial Misano disqualification, he would even be second in the championship with 159 points. He is now travelling to London with outsider chances and will probably try to support Pascal Wehrlein in the battle with the two Jaguars.

The latter had a front wing drama today, as did his direct rival in the world championship battle Nick Cassidy. During a pile-up at the start of the race, he crashed into Edoardo Mortara and damaged his wing. "I lost a lot of balance and braking performance," says Wehrlein. Unlike Cassidy, however, he did not have to pit and was able to continue. Although he initially dropped back, he was able to fight his way back over the course of the race and ultimately took home twelve championship points with fourth place.</p

"Both races could and should have been better. The good thing is that everything is still open for London. That was the goal this weekend." The final title decision will be made in the British capital in just over three weeks' time.

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