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Costa wins Formula E race in Saudi Arabia

Costa wins Formula E race in Saudi Arabia

.Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia, reports BBC. The BMW Andretti driver just held off reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne after a safety car saw the race bunched up in the closing stages in Ad Diriyah. Da Costa started from pole but slipped behind the Frenchman, before Vergne took a pit penalty for overusing power. Vergne took second with Jerome d'Ambrosio third, while Felipe Massa finished 14th on his Formula E debut. Oliver Rowland was the highest-finishing of the five British drivers in seventh, followed by Sam Bird in 11th. "It's amazing, it's been tough, it's been long months of work and I am really happy with that," said Da Costa. "We have got some work to do, but a good start and we will work on that and keep it going." Da Costa set the early pace, despite a messy start from pole where the Portuguese driver overshot his starting position and began the race at an angle. Vergne produced a smart overtake with 26 of the 45-minute plus one lap race to go, but the TECHEETAH driver dropped back after being handed a drive-through penalty. Da Costa, Massa, Stoffel Vandoorne, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt were the top five drivers to receive a fan boost, as voted for by viewers using an app to determine who gets some extra power during a race. The new 'Attack Mode' also saw drivers take additional risks by moving off the racing line and on to a different area of the track, where the mode is activated to provide the car with a temporary power boost. A yellow flag with 10 minutes remaining saw leader Da Costa reeled back in, producing a flat-out finish after the race restarted with three minutes on the clock. Da Costa activated his Attack Mode off the back of the safety car to quickly re-open a two-second lead and then just about held off a resurgent Vergne.

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