The GEOX Dragon Formula E squad has signed ex-Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley for the 2019/20 campaign.

Hartley is the first driver confirmed for season six by the American team, which fielded Jose Maria Lopez and Maximilian Gunther during the 2018/19 campaign.

The New Zealander contested the 2018 F1 season with Toro Rosso after winning two World Endurance Championships with Porsche, before losing his drive at the end of the year.

Hartley has retained his F1 links in 2019 by carrying out a development role with Ferrari, while he has also tested Formula E machinery with Porsche.

“‘I’m happy to be taking on a new challenge in Formula E together with GEOX DRAGON racing,” Hartley said.

“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.

“I’ve always been a fan of street tracks and FE has some of the wildest I’ve seen. That together with some of the best drivers and manufacturers in the world makes it an exciting place to be.

“I’ve already started working with most of the GEOX DRAGON team, and I have a strong feeling that we can share some good success together in the coming season.”

Dragon owner Jay Penske added: “I am very pleased to have Brendon pilot one of our two entries in Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

“Brendon is a real racer. He has a unique combination of experience, intellect, and racecraft that will allow him to maximize the potential of the new Penske EV-4 powertrain.

“Most importantly, he shares our hunger, and our determination to take the fight to the incredible field of major manufacturers this season.”