As predicted here yesterday Caterham has confirmed that Audi WEC star Andre Lotterer will drive in this weekend’s Belgian GP.
The 32-year-old will stand in for Kamui Kobayashi, who Caterham insists “still remains part of the team.”
In explaining the decision Caterham says that it “will benefit from having another experienced driver at the wheel of the car throughout the weekend and the German’s feedback will contribute to improve the performance of the car. The weather also plays a big role at Spa-Francorchamps and Lotterer is one of the most experienced drivers racing under mixed conditions.”
Lotterer, who was Jaguar’s test driver in 2000-2 before forging a new career in Japan, is in his 17th year of car racing.
“I’m ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead,” he said. “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.”
One response to “Lotterer “ready for challenge” as he heads for Spa debut”
this is truly a weird decision, right? i mean, sure, he *could* have some good feedback, but when was the last time he even drove an F1 car? has ever driven a 2014 car?! i suppose he *could* have some hybrid PU feedback from his time in the audi?
but, all things considered, it doesn’t really add up… so it must be about $?