Techeetah has announced former Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa as its new Sporting and Technical Advisor.
The Spaniard will take up his position with immediate effect and will be present in his new role at the Rome E-Prix this weekend.
De la Rosa is no stranger to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship having attended several races and having also spent a day testing for Team Aguri at Donington in July 2016.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Techeetah Formula E’s Sporting and Technical Advisor,” said de la Rosa.
“The team has had a great start of the season and are 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.”
De la Rosa’s role is likely to encompass both work at the track and away from it as the team embarks on a much speculated partnership with DS Performance from Season Five onwards.
“Formula E has really taken off and it’s a significant and relevant addition to the international motorsport scene,” he said.
“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 thinks that the appointment of de la Rosa will further enhance the team going forward.
“We are very pleased to welcome Pedro on board,” he said. “He brings a wealth of applicable experience and his appointment represents another step forward to strategically capitalise on our championship position.
“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.”
Techeetah has expanded its staff as it aims to take the 2017-18 title after Jean-Eric Vergne opened up a 30-point lead in the drivers’ title and a 27-point advantage in the teams’ standings at the halfway stage of the season.