Da Costa: Software problem cost me victory

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Team Aguri driver Antonio Felix da Costa believes that he could have won his second Buenos Aires ePrix on Saturday had it not been for a software problem.

Da Costa was in second place before he was forced to retire on lap 18, and he feels that he could have given winner Sam Bird of Virgin Racing a run for his money had he not endured any problems.

“It is hard to follow the new powertrain cars as they are more efficient but, you know, I really thought I could get Sam [Bird], I really did,” Da Costa told reporters.

“He had a slow pit stop so who knows what could have happened. I tell you, I really thought we could go for the win, it felt really good and it would have been tight at the end between us.”

Da Costa suffered a similar problem during the Putrajaya ePrix in November last year but was able to finish the race in sixth position. However, the 24-year-old was unable to complete Saturday’s race, much to his frustration.

“I had no pre-warning about the problem which occurred on my in-lap to the pits,” he said. “We had the same issue in Malaysia when we were running second so it is really painful. I tried 10 times to reset the whole system, the master switch was on and off but it just would not restart.

“A message came up [on the steering wheel] and an alarm is displayed and the next time I press the brakes there is no power, so it is some kind of software/ECU issue.

“It is just very unfortunate, especially when I was going to pit in half a lap.”

To make matters worse for Team Aguri, Da Costa’s team-mate Salvador Duran was also forced to retire after he collided with Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio on the first lap.