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António Maria de Mello Breyner Félix da Costa (born August 31, 1991 in Cascais, Portugalmarker) is a Portuguesemarker auto racing driver. His elder brother Duarte is also a racing driver.

Career

Karting

Da Costa began his Kart racing career at the age of nine. In the Cadet class, da Costa won the Portuguese Championship and the Portuguese Karting Open in 2002, before winning the South Portuguese Championship in 2003.

In 2004, da Costa stepped up to the ICA-J class, but he had to wait until 2006 to win his first title, the Portuguese Championship. 2006 was the year where he also achieved strong results in Europe, with a runner-up placing in the World Series Karting Championship and a third in the Italian Open Masters.

In 2007, da Costa became an official factory driver for the legendary Italianmarker Tony Kart team, in the newly-renamed KF2 category. His best results were a fourth in the Asia-Pacific Championship and a runner-up in the South-Garda Winter Cup.

Formula Renault

Félix da Costa moved into single seaters in 2008, competing in both the Eurocup and Northern European championships of Formula Renault. Making his debut in the NEC at Hockenheimmarker, he finished third behind team-mates Valtteri Bottas and Tobias Hegewald, after starting from third on the grid.. Unlike his team-mates, his main focus was the NEC, and he took his first win at Oscherslebenmarker while most of his rivals were competing in the Eurocup round at the Hungaroringmarker. He finished as runner-up in the championship, 86 points behind the dominant Bottas, and as a prize, da Costa tested an World Series by Renault car with the P1 Motorsport team at Paul Ricardmarker. In six Eurocup races, he recorded a best finish of fourth at Estorilmarker en route to thirteenth in the championship. Da Costa also served as a rookie driver for A1 Team Portugal.

With Bottas, Hegewald, Daniel Ricciardo, Roberto Merhi et al. moving to either Formula Two or Formula Three, da Costa became a title contender in both the Eurocup and NEC Formula Renault series. Da Costa followed Bottas' lead of 2008, by dominating the NEC field, wrapping up the title at the Nürburgringmarker. Consistency was the key to da Costa's Eurocup campaign, finishing in the top five in the first seven races. He led the series until the rounds at the Nürburgring, where he ran under appeal, for a technical infringement in Super Pole. Da Costa dominated the first race at the brand new Ciudad del Motor de Aragón circuit, winning from his first series pole position, and also set fastest lap along the way. He completed the double the following day, however he lost out on second place in the championship to Jean-Eric Vergne on a tie-breaker.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Car No. Races Poles Wins FLaps Points Position
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter CR Scuderia 13 4 0 0 0 N/A† N/A†
Formula Renault 2.0 Portugal Winter Motopark Academy 2 0 0 0 4 17th
Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 70 6 0 0 0 18 13th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 13 16 1 1 1 280 2nd
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Motopark Academy 6 14 2 3 3 128 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 6 14 4 9 7 361 1st
† Unlicenced driver: allowed to race without scoring.

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