Antonio Felix da Costa won the all-electric Formula E series with two rounds to spare on Sunday after finishing second in the fourth of six season-ending races at Berlin’s old Tempelhof airport.
The DS Techeetah driver takes over as champion from French teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, the winner of Sunday’s race. DS Techeetah also clinched the team title.
“I have no words right now… I came so close to giving up so many times, but thanks to the people around me I never did,” said da Costa the 28-year-old from Portugal.
“This team knew what I could do even when I was finishing nowhere and they brought me back. A massive thanks to my team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne too. He’s a hard competitor but he has helped me out a lot and it’s also thanks to him that I was able to be so quick straight away in this team.
“We had a game-plan and we executed it perfectly today. JEV and I have helped each other out. We were pushed all the way and it was super intense at the end. I had to cover JEV and I had to cover myself a few times too. It was pure teamwork.”
Da Costa has competed in Formula E since the inaugural 2014-15 season but had never previously finished higher than sixth in the standings.
He joined DS Techeetah for season six from BMW i Andretti and has won three races.