The warning signs from DS Techeetah to the rest of the Formula E grid have been plentiful this season, not least thanks to the team's blistering race pace. But, amid multiple spurned laps in qualifying and its drivers tripping over one another on track, there's been a wait to see just how potent those black-and-gold cars truly are. Antonio Felix da Costa ended that delay in some style in Marrakech as he scored the third most dominant win in the championship's history.
He cut an unhappy figure after netting second place in Santiago. A subdued qualifying left him 10th on the grid and he was then delayed in the race by team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was trying to shed damaged bodywork. More painfully, he was fed misinformation about car status over the radio while battling Maximilian Guenther for the spoils. Da Costa led onto the last lap but faced critical battery temperature issues. Only 0.1-degree away from his machine shutting down, he had to slow to a crawl and concede the win.
He finished runner-up once more in Mexico City. A marginally better qualifying performance - aided by a penalty for Pascal Wehrlein - ranked him ninth, but again he and Vergne were slow to work together on track. Twice they swapped position and, although da Costa played down the cumbersome team orders after the race, the fact is he and Vergne lost two seconds to Sebastien Buemi ahead as they chopped and changed.