Former Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa has taken on the role of sporting and technical advisor at the championship-leading Formula E team Techeetah.
De la Rosa, who made 104 Grand Prix starts with Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT, will lean on his experience to assist Techeetah, which is the sole customer entry in Formula E, starting at this weekend’s Rome E-Prix.
He has experience of Formula E from when he was the pre-season test driver for the Techeetah team’s previous incarnation as Team Aguri for the 2015/16 season.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed as Techeetah Formula-E’s Sporting and Technical Advisor,” he said.
“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.”
As a customer team, Techeetah is not privy to 15 days private testing pre-season as the manufacturer teams are, meaning the only pre-season testing done are the three days of public testing in Valencia.
Techeetah started the season unable to full unlock the potential of the car, struggling for race pace until the post-Marrakesh rookie test in which Super GT frontrunner James Rossiter, who tested for Venturi pre-season, and Michelin development driver Frederic Makowiecki worked on the set-up of the car.
The Chinese-backed team currently leads both championships. Jean-Eric Vergne has a 30-point lead over his nearest rival Felix Rosenqvist in the drivers’ championship.
“We are very pleased to welcome Pedro on board. He brings a wealth of applicable experience and his appointment represents another step forward to strategically capitalise on our championship position,” said Techeetah’s Managing Director Ivan 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.”