Felix da Costa Does The Double Sweeping Formula E Portland Weekend

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Felix da Costa Sweeps Formula E Portland WeekendSimon Galloway - Getty Images
  • Jean-Eric Vergne broke the record for most Formula E poles after winning this Final Duel and is now on the owner of the most poles in Formula E history - 17.

  • Mitch Evans lost a potential win to a penalty Saturday, but bounced back for third place Sunday.

  • Robin Frijns celebrated his 100th Formula E race with back-to-back podium finishes.

Antonio Felix da Costa swept this weekend’s ABB FIA Formula E Hankook E Prix at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway, dramatically scrambling the championship picture with only the July 20-21 London twin bill remaining in the season.

Da Costa recorded his third straight triumph for Tag Heuer Porsche and fourth in five races Sunday at the lone U.S. stop on the 16-race international all-electric championship tour. With that, he asserted himself in the championship conversation, moving into fourth place.


Robin Frinjs, of Envision Racing, was runner-up in both Portland events. Jean-Eric Vergne, of American team DS Penske, improved his chances for an unprecedented third championship with a third-place finish Saturday, the pole position and fifth-place showing Sunday.

That leaves Nick Cassidy atop the standings, ahead of Jaguar teammate Mitch Evans – who made the podium in third place Sunday – and DaCosta teammate Pascal Wehrlein, who are tied, 12 points off the pace.

Nissan’s Oliver Rowland was fourth in the standings at the start of the weekend. But an undisclosed illness kept him home in England, so INDY NXT driver Caio Collet substituted for him. Luckily for Rowland, his absence cost him just one place in the standings.

In Saturday’s first race, misfortune struck Jaguar drivers Cassidy and Evans, who arrived at Portland International Raceway Nos. 1 and 3 in the standings, allowing da Costa to win and slice Cassidy’s lead to a single point going into Sunday’s second half of the doubleheader.

Cassidy, a two-time winner with eight podium efforts this season, uncharacteristically misjudged the apex of Turn 11 and spun off the 1.967-mile, 12-turn course final lap. Evans inherited the lead, but his point penalty for an early-race collision cost him his third victory of the year.

Formula E will race in America only in Miami next year. So as the series bid farewell to the Pacific Northwest, da Costa has the momentum heading into the final weekend of the season.

A grateful da Costa told his team via team radio as he swung around back to the garage, “Wow. A double. I tried to help a little bit more. Thank you, guys. Thank you.”

Jamie Chadwick, three-time W Series champion and Andretti Global INDY NXT driver, drove the Formula E GEN3 for the first time Sunday ahead of the race. Currently in her second season with Andretti Global, the British driver is fresh from an historic INDY NXT victory earlier this month as she became the first ever female to win on a road course.