Félix da Costa ends Red Bull partnership
12 December 2015 – DTM racer António Félix da Costa has announced that his Formula 1 partnership with Red Bull has come to an end, bringing his four-year spell with the outfit to a close.
Félix da Costa picked up Red Bull backing mid-way through 2012 and went on to finish fourth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, third in the GP3 Series and triumph at the Macau Grand Prix.
Félix Da Costa continued in the Renault-associated category in 2013 and finished third to Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne, but missed out on a 2014 Toro Rosso seat to GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat.
The Portuguese driver also conducted duties for Red Bull, which included a spell as test and reserve driver, running in the outfit's simulator and a handful of test days across 2012 and 2013, as well as demonstration runs, as he continued his association in spite of being overlooked for a Formula 1 seat.
Félix Da Costa currently races for BMW in DTM, in which he finished 11th in 2015, and Aguri in Formula E.
"I won't cry because it's finished, I'm super happy that it has ever happened," he posted on social media.
"After four amazing years together with this Formula 1 World Champion team, it's now time to say goodbye to this stage of my career and fully focus on my DTM duties with BMW and Formula E!
"I drove all the World Championship [winning] cars and this is something I would have never done without the support of [Red Bull motorsport consultant] Dr. Helmut Marko."