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André Lotterer

Formula 1 driver

André Lotterer
Credit: Caterham F1 Team
Vital statistics for André Lotterer
Born19 November 1981
F1 debutBelgian Grand Prix, 2014

Lotterer was overlooked for an F1 drive in 2003, as test driver for the Jaguar team. He used the intervening time to win Le Mans on several occasions, and also participated in single seater racing in Japan gaining a lot of experience. In 2014, he made his F1 debut with the Caterham team in a one-off drive for the Belgian GP.

F1 biography

André Lotterer made a brief foray into Formula One at the beginning of the millennium, after being signed to the Jaguar team as a test driver. Having done well in various European single seater junior series, he made the step up to F1 but was overlooked for a race drive. Rather than hang around waiting, he moved to Japan for some more single seater action.

In 2009, the German made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for Colin Kolles’ team. He was than promoted to the Audi works team, finishing second in his first year, and winning the race in his second with the team. In 2012, Lotterer joined the FIA World Endurance Championship, remaining with the Audi team.

For the Belgian Grand Prix of the 2014 F1 season, Lotterer was confirmed for a one-off replacement at the Caterham team. Kamui Kobayashi stepped aside to give the German the Formula One chance he missed out on more than ten years earlier. Unfortunately he retired from the race on the first lap due to a mechanical problem. Lotterer was in the frame for a return to the team when they were looking for drivers for their Abu Dhabi comeback, but he did not participate.

In 2015 and 2016, Lotterer participated in the world endurance championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Japanese Super Formula.