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De la Rosa Departs DS Techeetah

Pedro de la Rosa leaves his position at the title-winning DS Techeetah team…

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Pedro de la Rosa has stepped away from his role as technical and sporting manager at reigning ABB FIA Formula E teams’ champion DS Techeetah.

The former McLaren, Arrows and Jaguar F1 driver has mutually agreed with the team to cease his role which began at the Rome E-Prix in April 2018.

Since that time de la Rosa has helped to oversee two title triumphs for Jean-Eric Vergne and the Chinese-owned squad’s first teams’ title last season.

De la Rosa is believed to have made the decision to pursue other projects and to spend more time with his family.

E-racing365 understands that DS Techeetah is considering a potential high profile replacement for de la Rosa as it continues to ready for the 2019-20 season.

“It has been the first time in my life that I have worked for a team without being its racing driver,” de la Rosa told e-racing365.

“It has been absolutely fabulous and this experience has definitely helped me having a better understanding of how teams operate, function and take decisions that affect the end result of their race drivers.

“Feeling you can affect that end result somehow is just fascinating.”

“I would like to thank everyone at DS Techeetah for these two seasons. I have enjoyed every second and I have been very impressed by the level of the Formula E Championship.

“The drivers in this championship have nothing to envy from the F1 drivers.”

“My family is happy about my decision, although I have already warned them that I can’t be out of the racing world for too long!”

De la Rosa joined the team in 2018 largely at the behest of Keith Smout who worked with him at Jaguar and Arrows in the 1990s.

Smout believes that the qualities brought by the Spaniard to the team during his 18 months as technical and sporting manager were instrumental in the double title success it achieved in 2018-29 season.

“Pedro brought so many positive qualities to the team as a whole,” said Smout.

“He was a tremendous influence for us on and off the track and the respect that his quiet but strong and confident approach was immeasurable for us.

“We wish him all the best for the future and as he leaves for new challenges we have nothing but praise and admiration for his professionalism and his commitment to the team.”

DS Techeetah is continuing its post-homologation testing next month as it readies to defend its titles in the 2019-20 season which begins in Ad Diriyah on Nov. 22-23.

A replacement for de la Rosa is expected to be made ahead of the pre-season test at Valencia in mid-October.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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