EX-F1 driver de la Rosa joins Techeetah FE team in advisory role

Ex-Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa has joined the Techeetah Formula E team as a sporting and technical advisor

EX-F1 driver de la Rosa joins Techeetah FE team in advisory role

The former Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT driver will join the team ahead of this weekend's race in Rome.

Techeetah fields current FE championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and triple Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer, and scored the first ever one-two in the electric championship's history at the Santiago round of the 2017/18 season.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Techeetah's sporting and technical advisor," said de la Rosa, who started 104 grands prix.

"The team has had a great start of the season and is currently leading both the teams' and drivers' championships.

"Nonetheless, there are a number of areas to improve and as a team we never under estimate the opposition or the challenges that lie ahead.

"I'm looking forward to applying my experience and technical expertise at Techeetah and to help give the team a competitive edge in the championship.

"I'll be working with the team and drivers starting from the Rome E-Prix and together we will build upon what the team has already achieved to secure further success.

"Formula E has really taken off and it's a significant and relevant addition to the international motorsport scene.

"Showcasing the next generation Formula E car at the Geneva Motor Show further established the championship by demonstrating its progress in accelerating innovative powertrain solutions - something that is more road-relevant than ever.

"Formula E has an important role to play in the future development of mobility and I can't wait to get involved."

Techeetah managing director Ivan Yim, said the addition of de la Rosa - who also worked as a Ferrari F1 test driver in 2013 and '14 - was part of the team's plans to expand.

"He brings a wealth of applicable experience and his appointment represents another step forward to strategically capitalise on our championship position," said Yim.

"As we continue to build our team and our positive progress, we are leaving no stones unturned to ensure that the team gets the best possible chance of succeeding, and Pedro will play a key part in this.

"We've made some big strides lately and we are in a very exciting position, not just on track, but also off the track.

"We will have some further commercial news to share in due course."

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