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Da Costa – Collision with di Grassi was “very easy to avoid”

Paris ePrix – Antonio Felix da Costa was left frustrated when his race ended prematurely due to a collision with Lucas di Grassi.

After passing the Brazilian at the Turn 7 hairpin in a battle lower down the field, di Grassi attempted to repass da Costa a few laps later around the outside of Turn 8, but they made contact and the Andretti driver was pushed into the inside barrier.

“He tried a move round the outside, which is already risky on any track but especially a city track,” da Costa said.

“He had tried that a few laps before and it didn’t work out, he tried again and that time he decided to turn so early, he squeezed me out but I was there and committed, I had nowhere to go.

“I ended up hitting in the inside wall before the apex of the corner. This was a very easy accident to avoid.”

The drivers spoke after the race, but the two have very differing views on the collision. Di Grassi was quoted saying that da Costa “didn’t know how to race”.

“He has a different view on the accident, but for me it’s pretty clear,” da Costa added.

“I’ve seen him. He spoke only, I couldn’t speak really because he has a very strong opposite opinion.”

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Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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