Lotterer replaces Kobayashi at Caterham for Belgian GP
The Caterham F1 Team has officially confirmed that Andre Lotterer will replace Kamui Kobayashi for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
The 32-year-old will make his F1 debut in Belgium, racing alongside regular driver Marcus Ericsson. Lotterer was previously Jaguar’s F1 test driver back in 2002.
He scored his third Le Mans victory earlier this year for the Audi Sport team and has already competed at Spa-Francorchamps twice in 2014, in the World Endurance Championship and at the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS GT3 car in the 24 Hours of Spa.
Lotterer has plenty of single-seater experience and has recently been racing in the Super Formula championship in Japan, having won the series back in 2011 and finished second in the standings four times.
The German said on the announcement: “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.”
Wednesday’s statement from Caterham said Kobayashi still remains part of the team, although it is unclear if he will be replaced again before the end of 2014.
The Leafield-based outfit says the team will benefit from Lotterer’s experience “thoughout the weekend and the German’s feedback will contribute to improve the performance of the car”.
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