Second season victory for Antonio Felix da Costa In a duel that remained exciting until the final second, Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) prevailed in the twelfth season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series. For the Portuguese, who only...
Second season victory for Antonio Felix da Costa
In a duel that remained exciting until the final second, Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) prevailed in the twelfth season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series. For the Portuguese, who only joined the Euro Series this season, this was already his second race win of the year following his recent success at the Nurburgring.
At the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort, Felix da Costa finished ahead of Signature's Laurens Vanthoor and Roberto Merhi (Mucke Motorsport), who were second and third. In spite of his first non-point-scoring finish of the season, Edoardo Mortara (Signature) remains in the lead of the points' standings.
Antonio Felix da Costa turned his pole position into the race lead, which he kept until the finish. In the process, Laurens Vanthoor kept him under pressure for much of the race, but the Portuguese didn't make any mistakes. For Edoardo Mortara, the race was less joyful. Following a collision with Marco Wittmann (Signature) and a subsequent spin, he dropped back to the far end of the field in the early stage of the race already. With fast lap times, he made his way up into eleventh place again, but he didn't make it into the points.
Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy): "This race was tougher than my first win at the Nurburgring a fortnight ago. I concentrated on keeping the gap to Laurens at a consistent level and get a good acceleration out of the corners, so that he wouldn't have a chance to attack."
Laurens Vanthoor (Signature): "I actually wanted to win, but at the end of the day, second place is all right, too. After having overtaken Carlos Muñoz in the opening stages, I was able to close up to Antonio pretty quickly. Although I tried various things to overtake him during the race, he didn't leave me a chance."
Roberto Merhi (Mucke Motorsport): "From fourth to third place is not so bad, although it was my goal to move further up still. During the race, I hoped that Antonio and Laurens would fight more in order for me to close up to them."