António Félix da Costa – A Pilot on its way to Formula 1?

António Félix da Costa is a 21 year old Portuguese Pilot that started his career in 2000 in Junior Kart races. In 2007, after being vice-champion in the World Series Karting, António Félix da Costa reaches the King Category of Karting races – KF2 – and signs a contract with Tonykart – the world’s biggest Kart manufacturer – a team where Michael Shumacher and Sebastien Vettel also gave their first major steps as race pilots.

In the end of 2007 he finally reaches formula cars by signing a contract with Motorpark Academy a team of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Championship. In this category he became vice-champion in his debut year, collecting a victory and 11 podium finishes. António Félix da Costa also made is appearance in 2008 in 3 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup races – a category where names such as Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa also drove as young pilots – and finished those races always inside points. 

2009 was a triumphal year for António Félix da Costa as he won the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Championship (9 races won in a total of 14) and ended in 3rd in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship. In 2010 he reaches the Formula 3 Euroseries and records 3 wins and the title of best rookie. That put him on the spot of Formula 1 teams and he receives a Force India’s Invitation to drive a Formula 1 car at Abu Dhabi becoming at the age of 19 the youngest Portuguese driver to do so. In those tests he ended up in 3rd only beaten by Mclaren and Red Bull cars.

In 2011 and 2012 António Félix da Costa drove for team Carlin in GP3 Series, and after his debut year, where he managed to win a race (Monza), he ended 3rd in the 2012 championship, obtaining a GP3 Series Record by winning both races that are held on a same weekend.

 Recently he won at Hungaroring a World Series by Renault 3.5 race with Arden Catherham team and on that same day he was invited to drive a Redbull F1 2011 car achieving another important step on its way towards Formula 1. António Félix da Costa became in June 2012 a pilot of the Red Bull Junior Programme.

 

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