Antonio Felix da Costa working on LMP2 and Super Formula drives
|By Scott Mitchell||Tuesday, January 17th 2017, 13:44 GMT|
BMW driver Antonio Felix da Costa is working on adding an LMP2 drive to his Formula E schedule in 2017, and could race in Super Formula as well.
The Portuguese driver races for the BMW-affiliated Andretti team in Formula E and is seventh in the points after the first two rounds.
He will join Martin Tomczyk and Alexander Sims as part of his departing BMW DTM team MTEK's preparations for BMW's entry into the GTE Pro class of the World Endurance Championship in 2018.
Da Costa told Autosport he wanted to be part of the marque's WEC bid in 2018 and hopes to get an LMP2 drive this season to prepare for it.
"I'm developing the WEC car and WEC is where I want to be - I hope I can race there in 2018," he said.
"I'm trying to do some LMP2 to get some experience in a nice quick car.
"I'm still a young guy, and LMP2 would be great and then hopefully I can go and do WEC with BMW next year.
"To be challenging for Le Mans with a manufacturer would be very cool."
Formula E is da Costa's main programme but he returned to a conventional single-seater last November when he contested Formula 3's season-ending Macau Grand Prix and won the showpiece event for a second time.
The 25-year-old has also been linked to a move into the Japanese Super Formula championship, which 2017 McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne contested last season and 2016 GP2 champion Pierre Gasly is set to enter.
Da Costa revealed he had interest from multiple teams and said the prospect of racing in Super Formula appealed, but not because he was trying to keep a door to F1 open.
He added: "Helmut Marko once told me, 'You're a racing driver - if there's a nice car to drive, you go'.
"Before the main race in Macau I was approached by one of the team bosses, he asked if I was interested and obviously I was to race a big car again, a very powerful one against a lot of big names.
"I'm always ready to race hard in a competitive car.
"Two other teams found out and I got approached about it but it's only a small possibility.
"Let's see what happens. I'd love to race there."