Da Costa stripped of Long Beach pole position

Antonio Felix da Costa has been stripped of his pole position for Saturday’s Long Beach ePrix.

The Team Aguri driver was disqualified after post-qualifying checks revealed that his car’s tyre pressures were too low, after he had topped the Super Pole session.

Da Costa was the hero of qualifying, as his car relies purely on technology from season one against the more developed machines of rivals.

He will now start from the back of the grid.

"It's hard to swallow to be honest," he said. "I drove a good lap, very clean. All in vain, but rules are rules.

"The rear left was 0.05 too low than what's legally permitted. We just have to do a better job next time."

Sam Bird has been promoted to pole position, and been awarded the three points that go with it, with Lucas di Grassi moving up to the front row.

Points leader Sebastien Buemi will now start seventh, rather than eighth.

The new grid is as follows...

1 Sam Bird

DS Virgin Racing

   
    2

Lucas di Grassi

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

3

Stéphane Sarrazin

Venturi

   
    4

Nick Heidfeld

Mahindra Racing

5

Robin Frijns

Andretti

   
    6

Daniel Abt

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

7 Sébastien Buemi

Renault e.dams

   
    8

Nicolas Prost

Renault e.dams

9

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Dragon Racing

   
    10

Bruno Senna

Mahindra Racing

11

Jean-Éric Vergne

DS Virgin Racing

   
    12

Simona de Silvestro

Andretti

13

Oliver Turvey

NEXTEV TCR

   
    14

Nelson Piquet Jr.

NEXTEV TCR

15

Mike Conway

Venturi

   
    16

Salvador Duran

Team Aguri

17

Loïc Duval

Dragon Racing

   
    18

António Félix da Costa

Team Aguri

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Series Formula E
Event Long Beach ePrix
Track Streets of Long Beach
Drivers Antonio Felix da Costa
Article type Breaking news