Pedro de la Rosa has left his role as technical and sporting director of the title-winning DS TECHEETAH Formula E team, is has been confirmed.
The team broke the news on Twitter on Wednesday morning, thanking the Spaniard for his work that helped achieve a team and driver double during the 2018/19 season.
— DS TECHEETAH (@DSTECHEETAH) September 11, 2019
De la Rosa began his role at the Chinese-owned team at the Rome e-Prix in 2018, and his wealth of motorsport experience both as a driver and on a technical level has no doubt been of enormous benefit during a new era of electric racing, as Motorsport Tech discovered whilst spending time with the former F1 driver in Hong Kong.
Speaking to e-racing365, de la Rosa thanked everyone at the team for the opportunity of his first full-time role as a technical and sporting director and interestingly added that the rapidly-growing series is on a comparable level to the pinnacle of motorsport.
“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.”
It is understood that de la Rosa has left his role to spend more time with his family, although he hinted that it may not be too long before he returns to the sport he loves.
“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!”
The latest news comes after the team announced that Andre Lotterer would be leaving the team to take up a driver role with new outfit Porsche, as well as Nigel Beresford joining as team manager.