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Sport Da Costa is the new Formula E champion

22:25  09 august  2020
22:25  09 august  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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The Portuguese finished second in the DS Techeetah on Sunday evening in the fourth of a total of six races at the season finale at the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport and can no longer be overtaken in the overall standings. Maximilian Günther, on the other hand, experienced a contrasting program: After his victory on Saturday, the Oberstdorf-based BMW driver retired on Sunday in the early stages.

At the moment of the greatest triumph of his career, da Costa could hardly hold back the emotions. "I just have no words at the moment," said the 28-year-old with tears in his eyes and the Portuguese flag around his neck: "All the bad memories and moments of my career go through my head, I thank the guys who Believed me and knew what I can do. "

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Costa succeeds team-mate Verne

In the race, da Costa had determined the events for a long time, he only had to let his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne (France) pass in the final phase. Da Costa had won the first two races in the season finale and is now the successor to Vergne, who had triumphed over the past two years.

After his success on Saturday, Maximilian Günther started the race with minimal chances for the title. However, these quickly vanished into thin air after an early collision. The best German on Sunday was Andre Lotterer (Duisburg / Porsche) in eighth place. DTM champion Rene Rast (Minden / Audi), who is completing an intensive program of switching between Formula E and DTM this month, finished 16th. The last two races will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Originally, the Formula E racing calendar would have included appearances in Asia, the USA and Europe. Due to the corona pandemic, however, a new plan was drawn up that provides for a season finale with six races at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. There they drive under strict safety precautions and with three different route layouts. Nevertheless, there have already been two corona cases: among others, series boss Alejandro Agag tested positive.

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