Lotterer replaces Kobayashi at Caterham for Belgian GP

© F1 Pulse, 20 August 2014
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Endurance racer Andre Lotterer will replace Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, the team announced on Wednesday.

Lotterer, 32, who won the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours for the third time this year currently races with Audi in the World Endurance Championship and also in the Super Formula championship in Japan for Team TOM’S.

The German has plenty of experience in single-seater racing, which includes a solitary CART race, a spell which has lasted over a decade in the Formula Nippon/Super Formula series and a couple of appearances in A1GP among others.

“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,” said Lotterer attesting Caterham’s efforts of rising from last in the constructors’ championship this season.

In 2009, he raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours with the Kolles team run by Colin Kolles, who currently holds an advisory role with Caterham. Lotterer was also a test driver for the Jaguar Formula One team in 2002.

It’s uncertain whether Kobayashi will race again this season although Caterham said in a statement that the Japanese driver “still remains part of the team.”

DID YOU KNOW?

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The last driver to race in F1 after winning the Le Mans 24 Hours was Allan McNish, who incidentally last raced for Audi in WEC. The Scot won the race in 1998 with Porsche before joining Toyota’s campaign in F1, like Lotterer at the age of 32, in 2002. He returned to endurance racing shortly after, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours again in 2008 and 2013, this time with Audi.

Alexander Wurz won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1996 and made his F1 debut the following year with Benetton. The Austrian remained in F1 for a decade after which he went on to win the legendary endurance race for the second time in 2009.

 

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