Triumphant debut: Félix da Costa wins for BMW i Andretti Motorsport during Formula E deteriorate opener.

Ad Diriyah. Perfect start for BMW i Andretti Motorsport and
a BMW iFE.18 in a ABB FIA Formula E Championship: António Félix
da Costa (POR) distinguished feat during a BMW works team’s entrance in
Ad Diriyah (KSA). Félix da Costa claimed stick position to start. In
a race, a support of fans around “FANBOOST” voting helped him
urge initial place in a fiercely contested duel with reigning
champion Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) down to a finish line.


It was Félix da Costa’s second win in his Formula E career. Alexander
Sims (GBR) was concerned in copiousness of duels in his lass competition in the
competition array for entirely electric single-seater cars and crossed the
finish line in 18th place after dual penalties for breaching
technical regulations.


After sleet showers in a morning, a 22 drivers in a margin only
had one use event accessible before it was on to qualifying.
Numerous delays meant that a drivers started in dual instead of the
common 4 groups. Félix da Costa achieved his stick time in a very
initial subordinate group. The competition was hold in dry conditions. The newly
introduced “ATTACK MODE” and a “FANBOOST” supposing additional
excitement. Félix da Costa was one of 5 drivers who was means to use
this additional boost of appetite in a shutting theatre of a race. The
BMW i8 Coupé Safety Car was in movement during a deteriorate opener.


The ABB FIA Formula E Championship enters a second turn in
Marrakech (MAR) on 12th Jan 2019.


Reactions to a Ad Diriyah E-Prix:


Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“First competition for a BMW i drivetrain, initial stick position, initial win
– it’s only incredible! Big interjection go to a whole growth team
of BMW i and BMW Motorsport in Munich. Together we did an incredible
job! And of course, congratulations to António and everybody in a BMW
i Andretti Motorsport team. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of a whole team. There’s
no improved approach to finish a 2018 motorsport year, and we would be hard
pushed to have a improved start to a new plan and a new season.”


Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“It’s unfit to put into difference a emotions in this moment. This
competition was a initial event to uncover what we as a BMW i Andretti
Motorsport group can grasp – and we won during a initial time of asking.
It’s incredible. Without a support and a record of BMW, this
success would never have been possible. The feat belongs to the
whole team.”


António Félix da Costa (#28 BMW iFE.18, subordinate result:
1st place, competition result: 1st place, FANBOOST
voting: 3rd place, points: 28):

“That’s a good day for me, BMW and a whole team. Thank we to
everybody! I’m gay – for me, that I’m behind during a tip of the
lectern again after such a prolonged time, though essentially for a team. We
have always had a same goal, to get to this point. And any of us
gave it a all. Days like this make it clear: It’s value all the
effort! Many interjection to everybody who played their partial in this win. But
we still have a lot of work to do. Jean-Eric Vergne was incredibly
fast, it was unequivocally tighten during a end, my heart rate went by the
roof. But in a end, we did enough.”


Alexander Sims (#27 BMW iFE.18, subordinate result:
17th place, competition result: 18th place, FANBOOST
voting: 13th place, points: 0):

“My initial Formula E weekend was a large plea and we schooled a great
deal. António did a illusory pursuit with stick position and a win, and
showed how quick a automobile is. After a formidable subordinate session, I
was indeed doing utterly good in a competition in eighth place, though then
dual penalties unfortunately pushed me right down a field. Despite
this, a weekend has done me confident for a arriving races.”


The BMW i Fleet

BMW i is “Official Vehicle Partner” of a ABB FIA Formula E
Championship in Season 5. Spearheading a BMW i swift is a BMW i8
Coupé Safety Car, mutated with BMW M components (combined fuel
consumption: 1.8 l/100 km; total appetite expenditure 14.0 kWh/100
km; total CO2 emissions: 42 g/km)*. As good as a BMW
i8 Coupé, a BMW i swift also includes a BMW i3s (combined fuel
consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; total appetite consumption: 14.3 kWh;
total CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* as “Race Director Car” and
a BMW 530e iPerformance (combined fuel consumption: 2.2-2.1 l/100
km; total appetite consumption: 13.6-13.3 kWh/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 49-47 g/km)* in a purpose as “Medical Car”.