Da Costa stripped of Long Beach Formula E pole, Bird inherits it

Antonio Felix da Costa has been disqualified from qualifying for the Long Beach ePrix, handing Sam Bird pole position

Da Costa stripped of Long Beach Formula E pole, Bird inherits it

Team Aguri driver da Costa had stunned in season-one machinery to land his first series pole, but his car's tyre pressures were found to be illegal after the session.

Tyre supplier Michelin provides a working-range guide for each meeting and the event stewards reported the "minimum hot tyre pressure was not 1.60 bar", breaching article 25.1 of the sporting regulations.

Da Costa felt the victory was a realistic target immediately after qualifying, but will now start the race at the back of the grid and faces a tough task just to score points.

The Portuguese driver is 10th in the Formula E standings with 16 points, having lost two podium positions - in Putrajaya and Buenos Aires - to mechanical problems this season.

Bird will now start from pole for the second time in three races as he looks to add to his lights-to-flag victory in Buenos Aires, and also inherits the three points for pole.

Abt Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi moves onto the front row.

Champion Nelson Piquet Jr has picked up a 10-place grid penalty, after being forced to change a motor for the second time this season.

Because the NEXTEV TCR driver only qualified 15th he will start second-from-last and have to serve an additional 10-second penalty during the mandatory car swaps.

shares
comments
Da Costa puts Aguri's season one car on Long Beach Formula E pole

Previous article

Da Costa puts Aguri's season one car on Long Beach Formula E pole

Next article

Lucas di Grassi boosts Formula E title bid with Long Beach victory

Lucas di Grassi boosts Formula E title bid with Long Beach victory
Load comments
How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Plus

How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep its original missionary winning Plus

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep its original missionary winning

OPINION: The departure of Audi from Formula E meant its long-time driver Lucas di Grassi would need to find a new berth to stay on the grid. His deal at Venturi Racing will ensure the championship's first-ever race winner will remain competitive into the final year of the current Gen2 ruleset - although it may not be a long-term fit

Formula E
Sep 15, 2021
The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure Plus

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

Mercedes' planned withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2022 season will contribute to the big hole left by fellow automotive manufacturers Audi and BMW on their departures. Although the team may stick around under a different guise, the exit of the now-reigning teams' champion underlines FE's current issues...

Formula E
Aug 18, 2021
The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion Plus

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

After clinching the Formula E title at the Berlin finale, Nyck de Vries is a driver in demand. Although Mercedes would love to keep a reigning champion at the team, the allure of a Williams F1 drive may be too much for de Vries to ignore should a potential deal come to pass

Formula E
Aug 17, 2021
How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms Plus

How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms

As Formula E lined up to complete its seventh season at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, all eyes were on who would be its first official FIA world champion. Despite Nyck de Vries' title lead heading into the weekend looking all but secure, the Dutchman held on - and enjoyed a good dollop of fortune - to secure a championship double for Mercedes

Formula E
Aug 16, 2021
Why a brutal title defence can still yield another Formula E crown Plus

Why a brutal title defence can still yield another Formula E crown

It hasn't been properly reflected by the points table, but Antonio Felix da Costa has been nigh-on flawless in his Formula E title defence in 2021. Returning to the scene of his Berlin dominance in 2020, he has the chance to set the record straight and claim a remarkable against-the-odds second title

Formula E
Aug 12, 2021
Why Audi was right and wrong in Formula E's loophole row Plus

Why Audi was right and wrong in Formula E's loophole row

OPINION: With Audi's Formula E exit imminent, it had nothing to lose in London by attempting to vault Lucas di Grassi into the lead by pitting him under the safety car. Scorn directed at the team for putting glory before ethics should instead be pointed at a rulebook that allowed such a move in the first place

Formula E
Jul 27, 2021
Why Formula E's London return delivered anarchy in the UK Plus

Why Formula E's London return delivered anarchy in the UK

Formula E landed for a London E-Prix for the first time since 2016, at the indoor-outdoor circuit around the ExCeL. Featuring the birth of renewed title pushes, a long-awaited maiden win and the second race's controversy, the round proved to be an exhibition of the electric series' anarchic nature

Formula E
Jul 26, 2021