Lotterer: I hope I can help Caterham to move forward

Andre Lotterer  during his Caterham CT05 seat fitting at Spa

Andre Lotterer during his Caterham CT05 seat fitting at Spa

Andre Lotterer says will dig deep into his experience in an effort to help move Caterham forward when he makes his Formula 1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 32-year-old German was drafted into the Caterham team in place of regular driver Kamui Kobayashi, so that the team can tap into his knowledge of the new technology due to his success with the factory Audi sportscar team with whom he has won Le Mans thrice.

Lotterer last drove a Formula 1 Jaguar back in 2002 where he was a test driver. Since then he has competed regularly in single seaters in the Japanese Super Formula series, becoming champion in 2011, and coupledto this is his exceptional pedigree in endurance racing.

Andre Lotterer during Valencia testing of the Jaguar R2 in 2001

Andre Lotterer during Valencia testing of the Jaguar R2 in 2001

He told the official F1 website, “It is a big challenge to come in like that [at the] last minute, but to do an F1 race is always something that I wanted to do. I grew up in Belgium, I know Spa very well so I thought: lets do it!”

“I hope I can help Caterham to move forward. I don’t know if you can expect a lot from me, but I’m ready to give everything and go flat out,” concluded Lotterer.

“The team will benefit from having another experienced driver at the wheel of the car throughout the weekend,” Caterham said in a statement earlier in the week.

“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.” (GP247)