August 10, 2019 / 1:54 PM / 13 days ago

Former F1 driver Hartley to race in Formula E

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, Russia - September 28, 2018 Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - New Zealander Brendon Hartley will join a cast of other ex-Formula One drivers in the all-electric Formula E championship after signing with the Geox Dragon team for season six starting in November.

U.S.-owned Geox Dragon finished 10th out of 11 in 2018-19 and without a podium appearance by Argentine Jose Maria Lopez and German Maximilian Gunther. The team have yet to announce their second driver.

“Formula E is totally different from any other race series I’ve been in, but I am hoping my experience in many categories with energy management will pay dividends and give me a head start as a rookie,” Hartley said in a statement on Thursday.

“I’ve always been a fan of street tracks and Formula E has some of the wildest I’ve seen,” added the two-times world endurance champion and Le Mans 24 Hours winner.

Hartley will also be racing for Toyota in the world endurance series, replacing two-times world champion Fernando Alonso.

Other ex-F1 drivers in Formula E include reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas Di Grassi, Stoffel Vandoorne, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Pascal Wehrlein, Sebastien Buemi, Felipe Massa and Andre Lotterer.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge

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