The race was all about the Safety Car, which had to enter the track no less than four times in Spain. As the regulations prescribe, every period after the Safty Car some energy was drawn away from the drivers. With one more round on the counter, many teams made an error of judgment.
The race turned out to be one lap longer than initially thought, which meant that many drivers did not have enough energy in their cars to finish the race. The mistake cost many drivers, including Da Costa, dearly. The Portuguese did not have enough energy left in the final phase, so that he did not cross the finish line first, but Dutchman De Vries.
Afterwards, Da Costa reacted furiously. According to him, the FIA had ‘done absolutely wrong’. Frederic Bertrand, head of Formula E, however, countered the criticism and put the blame back on Da Costa. According to Bertrand, the Portuguese had the option of letting go of his gas, which would have prevented his energy shortage.
That comment went wrong with Da Costa, who called the end of the race ‘the joke of the week. Sorry, but I cannot accept this. If I slowed down even further under the Safety Car, how many teams would have protested at the end? Plus, if I had slowed down, they would only have taken more energy. Today it was up to the FIA to save us from this, ”he expressed his frustrations on Twitter.
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