Da Costa named in Carlin's Macau line-up

Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa will make his return to the Macau Grand Prix in 2016, reuniting with the Carlin team that he won the event with four years ago.

Da Costa named in Carlin's Macau line-up
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Antonio Felix da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa
Sérgio Sette Câmara, Motopark Dallara F312 – Volkswagen
Sérgio Sette Câmara, Motopark Dallara F312 – Volkswagen
Sergio Sette Camara, Motopark Dallara F314 – Volkswagen
Sergio Sette Camara, Red Bull Racing
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Da Costa, 25, made four Macau appearances between 2010 and 2013, three of them with British team Carlin - who helped him to both his 2012 victory and a second-place finish the year after.

The former Toro Rosso F1 hopeful has spent the past three years in the DTM and Formula E, becoming a race winner in both.

He is the third Macau GP winner confirmed for the 2016 edition, joining Hitech GP entrant Daniel Juncadella and Prema's Felix Rosenqvist.

"Macau is a special place, it’s just pure driving," da Costa said.

"The adrenaline rush you feel when you’re driving between those walls is a feeling you don’t get anywhere else. There is no aim as such in going back for me; I’m just doing it for the love of the sport, so when I got the call from Trevor [Carlin] a few weeks ago I couldn’t say no.

"There will also be a few fellow Macau winners going back, as well as a lot of young up and coming guys too so it will be a fun weekend. I’m looking forward to being back with the guys in blue. I would like to thank BMW Motorsport for the freedom and supporting my Macau comeback."

In addition to da Costa, as well the previously announced newcomer duo Lando Norris and Jake Hughes, Carlin will also field Sergio Sette Camara in the race.

The British team had previously named Peter Li Zhi Cong as part of its line-up, but the Chinese driver's place has now been taken by Red Bull junior Sette Camara, who finished this year's European F3 campaign in 11th with Motopark.

Macau GP provisional entry list

Driver Team
 Jann Mardenborough B-Max Racing Team
 Daiki Sasaki B-Max Racing Team
 Hongli Ye B-Max Racing Team
 Lando Norris Carlin
 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin
 Jake Hughes Carlin
Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin
 Alexander Sims Double R Racing
TBA Double R Racing
 Sam MacLeod Fortec Motorsports
 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports
 George Russell Hitech GP
 Dani Juncadella Hitech GP
 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP
 David Beckmann kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport
TBA kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport
TBA kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport
 Joel Eriksson Motopark
 Niko Kari Motopark
 Guanyu Zhou Motopark
 Felix Rosenqvist SJM Theodore Racing by Prema
 Maximilian Gunther SJM Theodore Racing by Prema
 Nick Cassidy SJM Theodore Racing by Prema
 Sho Tsuboi Team TOM'S
 Kenta Yamashita ThreeBond with T-Sport
 Andy Chang ThreeBond with T-Sport
 Tadasuke Makino Toda Racing
 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing
 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing
 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing
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