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Reviewing the Rivals: António Félix da Costa

By Mattias Persson

Throughout the autumn, www.felixracing.se will be running a series of articles where we look back at some of Felix's previous rivals - and chart where their careers have taken them by 2012. A new profile is introduced every seven days. The last man out: António Félix da Costa.


Raced against Felix:
2010-2011 (Macau GP)
Today: Race winner in GP3 and World Series by Renault; F1 tester with Red Bull Racing; one of the entrants at next week's Macau Grand Prix 

António Félix da Costa is a man of the moment on the current international single-seater arena, and has just completed two days of Formula 1 testing with Red Bull Racing in Abu Dhabi.

Having won the Formula Renault NEC title and finished third overall in the category's flagship championship - the Eurocup - in 2009, Félix da Costa made the logical transition into Formula 3 ahead of the 2010 campaign. Seventh place in the standings made him eligible for the F3 world finals in Macau at the end of the year, where Felix Rosenqvist was another to take part following a strong season in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup. The two Macau rookies qualified seventh (Felix) and 11th (Félix da Costa) respectively, and once the dust had settled at the end of the main race, Félix da Costa took the chequered flag in sixth a few seconds ahead of Felix. The duo would meet again at Macau one year later, although the outcome was less positive as they both retired from the event.

As impressive as his early form was, it wasn't until this season that momentum really started to pick up for Félix da Costa. The likeable Portuguese was carefully selected to join the Red Bull Junior Programme thanks to a string of strong results in GP3, and grabbed the opportunity with both hands by becoming the first driver in history to win both races on the same weekend when the championship visited the Hungaroring in Hungary.

Further success followed in World Series by Renault, with Red Bull paving the way for Félix da Costa to join the highly competitive championship in parallel with his GP3 commitments. Despite not contesting the first three rounds of the campaign, he still managed to end up fourth overall in the standings - and proved his point by winning four out of the final five races. Reward came in plenty when Red Bull Racing announced that Félix da Costa would take part in this week's Abu Dhabi Young Driver Formula 1 test, and - after having gone second fastest to Kevin Magnussen on the opening day - the Portuguese concluded the test by topping the charts on Wednesday.

António Félix da Costa - like Felix Rosenqvist - will be one of the 30 drivers on the grid at next week's Macau Grand Prix, with the two friends and rivals reunited once more for the traditional Chinese street race they both treasure so much. Needless to say, you will be able to follow all the action straight from Macau here at www.felixracing.se.

Previously: Rio Haryanto, Jean-Éric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen, James Calado, Laurens Vanthoor, Mathias Beche, Stef Dusseldorp, Roberto MerhiValtteri Bottas

Read more about António Félix da Costa - and everything else connected to Felix's career on the road to Formula 3 Euro Series - in the Felix Racing news archive.

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