Portuguese driver Antonio Felix Da Costa took victory for BMW in the opening ABB FIA Formula E season, the Ad Diriyah ePrix on Saturday, claiming BMW Andretti Motorsports maiden win in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Speaking following the race, Da Costa who came home just ahead of Jean Eric Vergne commented by saying:

I feel good. I’ve had two really hard years to be honest. You know how it is, this motorsport world – people quickly forget, and you’re only as good as your last race. It wasn’t always easy, but it was always the plan. We kept together, kept working hard – I have to thank the team for that.

Defending ABB FIA Formula E champion Jean Eric Vergne was second for the DS Techeetah team after a hotly fought battle with Antonio Felix Da Costa, the Frenchman was forced to serve a drive through penalty which put him down to fifth however he recovered to finish the race in second place.

Speaking following the race, Vergne said:

First of all, I want to congratulate Antonio and BMW – I know how it feels to have a couple of hard years. I think we had an amazing venue racing in the desert. I want to wish a massive welcome to DS in our team – I wanted to do it with a win, but I’ll take what I have today. All I can promise them is to fight for more wins.

Jerome D’Ambrosio finished the race in third place for Mahindra Racing and speaking following the race he commented by saying:

I also come from two difficult years, so it’s great to start this new relationship with the team in this way. We’ve worked really hard over the past few months to be ready and I think we were really fast and good in race pace. I’m really happy to be a part of such a great team – there are loads of great people and a great atmosphere. I think we’ve got some good days ahead of us.

In his first event in Formula E with Venturi Formula E team. former Formula One driver Felipe Massa finished the race in 14th place.

Former McLaren F1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne finished his debut race with the HWA Racelab team in 16th place.

The next round of the season takes place in Marrakesh on January 12. There will be more action on track on Sunday with Pippa Mann, Jamie Chadwick, Carmen Jorda and other female drivers taking part in a test.

RIYADH STREET CIRCUIT, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 15: Antonio Felix da Costa (PRT), BMW I Andretti Motorsports, BMW iFE.18 leads Jose Maria Lopez (ARG), GEOX Dragon Racing, Penske EV-3 and Sébastien Buemi (CHE), Nissan e.Dam, Nissan IMO1 at the start during the Ad Diriyah E-prix at Riyadh Street Circuit on December 15, 2018 in Riyadh Street Circuit, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images)

RIYADH STREET CIRCUIT, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 15: Antonio Felix da Costa (PRT), BMW I Andretti Motorsports, BMW iFE.18 leads Jose Maria Lopez (ARG), GEOX Dragon Racing, Penske EV-3 and Sébastien Buemi (CHE), Nissan e.Dam, Nissan IMO1 at the start during the Ad Diriyah E-prix at Riyadh Street Circuit on December 15, 2018 in Riyadh Street Circuit, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images)

 

 

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