Motor racing - Former F1 driver De la Rosa takes on Formula E role

Formula One - F1 - United States Grand Prix 2012 - Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America - 17/11/12 Hispania's Pedro De La Rosa Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Crispin Thruston

(Reuters) - Former Formula One driver Pedro de la Rosa has joined Chinese-owned Formula E leaders Techeetah as sporting and technical advisor.

The 47-year-old Spaniard, who raced in Formula One with Arrows, Jaguar, Mclaren, Sauber and HRT, will start at Saturday’s Rome ePrix.

“Formula E has really taken off and it’s a significant and relevant addition to the international motorsport scene,” he said in a statement.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis