Paul Ricard: Antonio Felix da Costa preview

Motivated and focused, Antonio Felix da Costa is preparing for his debut in the F3 Euro Series championship The 2010 F3 EuroSeries championship season will get underway next weekend on the Paul Ricard Circuit, in the south of France. A rookie in...

Motivated and focused, Antonio Felix da Costa is preparing for his debut in the F3 Euro Series championship

The 2010 F3 EuroSeries championship season will get underway next weekend on the Paul Ricard Circuit, in the south of France. A rookie in the discipline, Antonio Felix da Costa heads into the weekend with the objective of fighting it out at the front of the field.

At just 18 years of age, the Portuguese driver, champion of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC (Northern European Championship), was one of the main contenders during off season testing and his performances and those of his team, Motopark Academy, only reinforced Antonio's motivation. "I am aware of the very high level of this championship but I am relying on our combined abilities after seeing the quality of work carried out during winter testing. I am very optimistic for this first race weekend," he declared.

"Naturally, my objective is to take victory in every race but I can't lose sight of the fact that the championship is very long and that it is very important to finish the races and secure as many points as possible at the beginning of the season."

The Portuguese driver can count on the support of CB Richard Ellis, Prestige Property Plus, Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, SIVA/VW, Cision as well as portraying on his single-seater the internet address of a site devoted to support the son of Portuguese driver Andre Couto, who is suffering from leukaemia and currently fighting for survival while hoping to find a bone marrow donor. (www.saveafonso.com). "It is a cause which touches me deeply and with my statute as a driver I am trying to attract the public's attention. Such small gestures can make it possible to save a life," explains Antonio Felix.

Tiago Monteiro is the sporting godfather of Antonio Felix and the person in charge of managing his career. The former Formula 1 driver says "Antonio is entering a very important phase of his career in motorsport. The F3 Euro Series is one of the most competitive championships in the world and it is a necessary school for all young drivers with the ambition of making it into Formula 1. Antonio will fight against the best drivers of his generation, of which many will reach Formula One in the years to come. I do not have any doubt about the fact that Antonio is ready to take up this challenge and I will give him any assistance he needs to reach his goals."

Next weekend's schedule includes a free practice at 14:00 and a qualifying session at 17:30, on Friday the 9th of April. The first race will take place on Saturday at 11:05, the second on Sunday at 9:00 local time.

-source: antonio felix da costa

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Andre Couto , Antonio Felix da Costa