Former F1 driver Brendon Hartley to race in Formula E

Brendon Hartley of Scuderia Toro Rosso and New Zealand during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Brendon Hartley of Scuderia Toro Rosso and New Zealand during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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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.

US-owned Geox Dragon finished last 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. 

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