At this weekend’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, Le Mans winner André Lotterer is set to make his F1 debut with the Caterham F1 Team. The details of his contract remain unknown but he will take the seat of Kamui Kobayashi at Belgium and could compete in other races this season.
Lotterer has been part of the Audi factory LMP1 team in its 2011, 2012 and 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans victories and has also held the FIA World Endurance Championship. He also has experience in open-wheel racing having driven in Champ Cars, Formula Nippon, A1 Grand Prix and Formula Three.
Discussing his F1 seat, Lotterer said, “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in a Formula One race weekend – I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this chance. I’m ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead. I will need to get settled and used to the car quickly, as the team has worked on a number of updates and we will need to have as much time as possible out on track to optimise the car’s performance. I really enjoy racing at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, it’s one of my favourite tracks and it’s very close to where I grew up, so this makes the weekend even more special and one to remember.”
Lotterer will be racing alongside young teammate Marcus Ericsson who said, “Spa is one of the races I’ve been most looking forward to since we first announced my F1 drive back in January. I love the track, it’s been a very good circuit for me, especially in the last couple of years in GP2 when I won in 2012 and was on the podium last year, so it’ll be good to be back, this time in an F1 car.”