An talk with António Félix da Costa: “My win gave me a lot of confidence.”

Posted on 02. May, 2016 by in BMW Canada

Munich (DE), 2nd May 2016. When a new DTM deteriorate gets underway in
Hockenheim on 7th May, Bruno Spengler (CA), Marco Wittmann (DE),
António Félix da Costa (PT), Timo Glock (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Tom
Blomqvist (GB), Maxime Martin (BE) and Martin Tomczyk (DE) will be in
a cockpits of a 8 BMW M4 DTMs for BMW Motorsport. We introduce
any of a BMW DTM drivers in a array of interviews while we wait.


António Félix da Costa, BMW Team Schnitzer, #13 BMW M4 DTM.


António, we are streamer into your third year in a DTM and
are one of a younger drivers. Do some-more gifted drivers have an
advantage during pre-season preparations?

António Félix da Costa: “You are always training something new in the
DTM. And it’s no opposite for a guys who have been around for a
while. The regulations change somewhat any year, and everybody has to
adjust to that. No doubt a drivers who have been in a DTM for a
while have a slight advantage. But when we do a pursuit good and get the
automobile where we wish it, knowledge no longer plays as many of a role.
That is a goal. But we also know that a foe in a DTM is
impossibly strong.”


Did removing your initial DTM feat final year urge your

Félix da Costa: “Yes, definitely. we managed to pierce to a front
after bad subordinate sessions, and we can control and win a competition from
a front. we trust that we can play a good purpose in any situation. Now
we have to move it all together on a unchanging basis. My win definitely
gave me a lot of confidence.”


What are your thoughts on a changes to a regulations and
a singular use of a DRS from now on?

Félix da Costa: “It doesn’t unequivocally change my approach. When the
regulations change slightly, a teams and we as drivers always adjust
quickly. Whoever is a initial to exercise a new regulations
rightly will be a initial to be successful. We have to conduct that –
and I’m certain that we have a right people for that in a team.”


Doesn’t it change your pushing character when we have to go
easy on activating a DRS?

Félix da Costa: “Maybe a little. But I’m used to that from other race
series, so it’s not totally new to me, maybe even a slight advantage.”


Have we set a specific idea for a season?

Félix da Costa: “I indeed demeanour from competition to competition and always wish to
get a limit series of points, win races, or finish on a podium.
But above all, we wish to be consistent. The categorical idea will be to deal
with a problems and weaknesses from final year. If we manage
that, we will automatically be in a good position. we am an ambitious
motorist and we would be fibbing if we pronounced we didn’t have my sights set on
wins and lectern positions.”


With Martin Tomczyk as your team-mate, coherence prevails at
BMW Team Schnitzer in 2016. Is that critical to you?

Félix da Costa: “Yes, very. we like this consistency. It is good to be
in a same group and in a same environment, and to have a same
team-mate. I’m happy about that. Hopefully we will be means to continue
to urge together.”


Have we got used to a Bavarian approach of living?

Félix da Costa: “I’m a bit behind with training German, though it’s not
that easy given we am divided with a DTM and Formula E so much. But I
am perplexing to learn as best we can, and spend a lot of time with the
guys from Bavaria. The Schnitzer organisation is usually fantastic. we adore the
approach they work. We all have a same goal, to win races. And that’s the
usually approach we can work well, that is because we am unequivocally happy in this team.”


You have already had a few good races in Formula E this
season, though also a lot of bad luck. Which feeling is greater; fun or frustration?

Félix da Costa: “It is utterly frustrating. we knew that it would be
formidable to quarrel for a pretension this year given we still have the
same automobile as a initial season, though any upgrades. Despite that we
have had a few unequivocally good performances, for example, a stick position,
that was unfortunately taken divided from us due to problems with the
tyre pressure. Then we were on lane to finish on a lectern twice,
when a automobile went on strike. We’ve been a bit detrimental this year, but
a performances have been good.”


A good side advantage of Formula E is a illusory locations in
that it is held. Which is your favourite?

Félix da Costa: “A lot of them are unequivocally beautiful, and it is pretty
special what a organisers arrange. Punta del Este is my favourite.
It’s utterly tighten to a sea and reminds me of my home country. But it
is also illusory to be in executive Paris in a heart of a city. You
can see a Eiffel building on one side and a Louvre on a other.
That’s impressive. Only Formula E can offer something like that, and
I’m unequivocally gratified to be partial of it.”


As a “Official Car Partner”, BMW provides Formula E with the
BMW i8 Safety Car, among others. What do we consider of this car?

Félix da Costa: “The reserve automobile motorist Bruno Correia is also
Portuguese and we get on good with him. We speak about BMW a lot, and
a BMW i8 in particular, that he drives. we keep perplexing to get the
pivotal out of his slot to take it for a spin. But he hasn’t let me
expostulate it yet. The BMW i8 is a unequivocally cold automobile and good to drive. It’s
good for Formula E to have a BMW i8 during a front of a field.”


The winter was unequivocally prolonged for you, notwithstanding a Formula E races.
How did we spend it?

Félix da Costa: “Winter is always a time of year in that we can
sight harder and spend a many volume of time in a gym. Fitness
levels dump somewhat during a season; you’re constantly flying
around a universe and have to understanding with jetlag. It’s all about keeping
during your level. But in winter we can make genuine improvements, to
aptness and mental strength. So that’s what we do, though we also take time
to relax and spend time with family and friends. That’s very
important. we do what we enjoy, roller a small and usually spend time during home.”


Many of your BMW colleagues competition continuation races in a BMW
M6 GT3. Would that seductiveness we in a future?

Félix da Costa: “Of course. The BMW M6 GT3 looks good and is a
unequivocally clever car. But my calendar is usually too full right now to take
on anything else. But wherever we can competition in a BMW, we will. we like
pushing all kinds of cars and switching between opposite models is no
problem for me.”


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