Formula E "keen to explore" Portugal race after Da Costa test
Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa demonstrated his DS Techeetah car on the streets of his native Portugal. The series was interested in a race in the country.
The 2019-20 title winner drove the DS E-Tense FE20 machine, which was used to secure the crowns of the team's successive designers, a total of 12 miles in the state capital, Lisbon.
The FE exhibition, which is part of the Lisbon Roadshow, takes place just a week before the return of the Portuguese Grand Prix. The country's first Formula 1 race has been held on the Algarve International Circuit since 1996, won by Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve in Estoril.
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This showcase event is the best-known example of FE's interest in hosting a race in the country based on da Costa’s recent success.
That feeling was underpinned by FE Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo, who said: "Since Antonio was crowned Formula E Champion in August, it has been fantastic to see the overwhelming response from his home country celebrate and recognize his biggest celebration Power.
"He's a really deserved champion and a brilliant ambassador for Formula E and the wider motorsport community.
"Portugal is a very exciting prospect for us and one that we would like to explore, especially as I'm sure Antonio got a taste of what it might be like to drive in front of his home fans today."
Last month, da Costa was named Order of Merit Commander by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousafor for his sporting success.
The co-recipients of the award include the nation's football team, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, after winning the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship.
After decorating da Costa at the Presidential Palace in Belem - the same district where he demonstrated the FE car - the 28-year-old reiterated his wish for FE to host a home race.
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He said, "I want to make this possible.
"Lisbon is talked about in motorsport all over the world and racing there would be incredible, especially now when we are winning races and championships."
Earlier this week, it was also announced that da Costa had completed its first IndyCar test with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team, which will take place on November 2nd at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
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