Formula E: Antonio Félix Da Costa wins a perilous race
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The Cape Town street circuit took a heavy toll this weekend, and former champion Antonio Félix Da Costa took the opportunity to emerge victorious in the South Africa ePrix on Saturday.
Only 13 of the 22 single-seaters entered this season in Formula E have seen the checkered flag at the end of the 30 laps of the event. The two cars from the ABT Cupra and Mahindra teams did not even start the race, as did veteran Sam Bird (Jaguar), due to incidents in qualifying and practice.
The leader in the general classification, the German Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) did not finish the race either. In fact, it ended for him on the first lap, when he crashed into the vehicle of Sebastien Buemi (Envision) from behind.
Going back to Da Costa, the Portuguese recorded his first victory at the wheel of a Porsche, despite starting from 11th position. He notably overtook leader Jean-Éric Vergne (Penske) with a very daring maneuver in the last moments.
The Frenchman settled for second place, while New Zealander Nick Cassidy (Envision) completed the podium.
Overall, Wehrelin remained in the lead with 80 points, 18 more than Jake Dennis (Andretti). The latter has not scored a point in the last two races. Verge and Da Costa follow with 50 and 46 points respectively.
The Formula E championship will now head to Brazil for the Sao Paulo ePrix, which will be contested on March 25.