Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 - Nürburgring - Race 1

Antonio Felix da Costa yes, and no…

Motopark Academy’s Anotnio Felix da Costa finished the first race ahead of Epsilon Euskadi’s Albert Costa, teammate Kuba Giermazik and SG Formula’s Jean-Eric Vergne. However, the results of this race were suspended following an appeal by the Motopark Academy team against the disqualification of da Costa and Magnussen’s cars following qualification.

After qualifying, the cars of Antonio Felix da Costa and Kevin Magnusses were found not to be in contravention of technical regulations. As a result, both drivers’ times for the SuperPole were null and void. The Motopark academy team decided to appeal against the decision and da Costa and Magnussen were permitted to take up their original positions on the weekend’s two starting grids. All results for this round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 are therefore suspended pending a judgment on the appeal.

Da Costa was the fastest away from the lights and finished the first lap in the lead. Behind him, Magnussen gained the upper hand over Albert Costa. The Spaniard attempted to claim back his advantage on the pit straight. Magnussen tried to hold him off, but Costa made a successful maneuver. Behind them, all was confusion. Epsilon Euskadi’s Carmos Munoz overtook to claim 4th place. He lead SG Formula’s Kuba Giermaziak, Miki Monras and Jenzer Motorsport’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Müller.

As the laps went by, Albert Costa caught up with the leader. Behind them, temperatures were rising and Munoz, in a pitched battle with Magnussen, Giremaziak, Monras, Vergne and Müller, ended his race in the gravel, as did Magnussen. Next, it was it was the turn of Monras to throw in the towel. This was good news for Vergne who, starting in 7th, was now in 4th and was busy setting the fastest laps of the race to catch up with Giermaziak in third.

The minutes passed, and Albert Costa was looking for an opening and looming larger and larger in da Costa’s rear-view mirrors. Likewise, Vergne was hot on the heels of Giremaziak. These two battles were the highlight of the closing laps. But da Costa and Giermaziak alike held their positions, while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs claimed fifth in the final laps.

Da Costa was the first over the line, but pending a verdict, it is Costa who has been declared winner ahead of Giermaziak, who enjoys the first podium finish of his career, and Jean-Eric Vergne. It’s now a waiting game. While he was still first passed the chequered flag, due to article 152 of the international sporting regulations, Antonio Felix da Costa is not authorized to climb the podium or figure in the rankings.

Quote, unquote:

Albert Costa: “We’re fighting for the championship. Antonio Felix da Costa finished in first place, so I don't really know if I should consider myself the winner or the runner-up. We’ll see tonight or tomorrow when the steward’s decision comes in.”

Kuba Giermaziak: “It didn’t go my way in qualifying, and I ended up starting in ninth place. Nevertheless I managed to climb up to third. After that I was concentrating on holding off the other drivers. I’m not going to win the championship, but I’m delighted with this result.”

Jean-Eric Vergne: “I had a difficult qualifying session. I was fast yesterday, but I had problems in the SuperPole and I only started from seventh. I made a good start and I was on the attack from start to finish. We’re going to keep pushing and it’ll all be clear at Motorland Aragon.”

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