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'Rules are rules': Da Costa a day on from shock disqualification

Antonio Felix da Costa has reflected on his shock disqualification from the inaugural Misano E-Prix, stripping him of victory.

Da Costa / Misano
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Antonio Felix da Costa has reacted once again to his disqualification from the inaugural Misano E-Prix, except this time, he has had time to reflect on what happened.

The Porsche driver worked his way through the field from P14 to claim victory on Saturday, an emphatic performance given the current rumours surrounding his future.

His celebration was jubilant as he wrapped the Portuguese flag around his shoulders, before later jumping in a swimming pool at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

However, five hours after his mesmeric performance, it was announced by the FIA that he had been disqualified.

The news broke at 20:20 local time to the complete shock of the Formula E paddock, with the governing body having revealed that "the Throttle Damper Spring mounted in car 13 during the race was not found in conformity" with the technical regulations.

Nissan's Oliver Rowland inherited the win, his first since the penultimate round in Berlin back in Season 6. As for Da Costa, he immedietly responded to his disqualification on social media in outrage, as did his older brother.

Porsche has confirmed that they have declared their intention to appeal, which they have until Wednesday evening (96 hours) to do.

Da Costa has now had time to digest his disqualification and reflect on what was one of the most chaotic days in the history of Formula E.

In a new video published by Porsche on their X page on Sunday morning, Da Costa has looked back on his rollercoaster day.

'We did everything right'

"Alright guys, good morning!" began Da Costa. "It's day two here in Misano, another opportunity.

'We won the race yesterday on the track we did everything right, but unfortunately we lost it due to a small, small, small technical infringement that has no impact on performance but rules are rules.

"So, we lost the win yesterday but the good thing is that we can go again today, do another DAC attack. A good day ahead of us, the car is strong so we'll go for it again."

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