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Lotterer in 2012 while with Audi
Lotterer in 2012 while with Audi

André Lotterer (born 19 November 1981) is a Belgian-German professional racing driver currently racing for Porsche in the FIA Formula E Championship. He competes with a Belgian licence, while representing Germany.[1] He is best known for his success in endurance racing with the works Audi team, including three victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the drivers' title of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He has also competed in the Japanese Super Formula series for over a decade, winning the title in 2011.

Lotterer was a test driver for the Jaguar Formula One team in 2002, but this did not lead to a race seat. Twelve years later, he joined Caterham, replacing Kamui Kobayashi at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.

Racing career

Lotterer was born in Duisburg to a German-Peruvian[2] father, Henri Lotterer, and a Belgian mother.[3] He was raised by his Belgian mother in Nivelles and still resides in his hometown to this day.[4] He competes with a Belgian racing licence, yet opts to represent Germany.[1][3]

Lotterer succeeded in both German and British Formula 3 Championships en route to being named Jaguar Racing's Formula One test driver in 2002. He was passed up for a race seat in 2003 with Eddie Irvine retiring and Pedro de la Rosa leaving, as the team chose Mark Webber and Antônio Pizzonia instead.

Lotterer contested a one-off Champ Car event at the end of 2002 for Dale Coyne, scoring a point at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Circuit. After that, he moved to Japan, winning both the Super GT Championship in 2006 and 2009 as well as the Formula Nippon (currently known as Super Formula) Championship in 2011.

Lotterer made his debut in the FIA Formula E Championship at the start of the 2017-18 season, with the DS Techeetah Formula E Team and is currently still driving for this team. However, he will be transferring to Porsche’s new team by the next season.

Lotterer also made his debut in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, as a race week fill-in driver for the Kolles privateer Audi team. Lotterer and co-driver Charles Zwolsman, also a Le Mans rookie, drove the entire race themselves after third driver Narain Karthikeyan dislocated his shoulder in a non-racing related injury. Driving an Audi R10, the car that won the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Le Mans races, Lotterer and Zwolsman finished 7th overall and in the LMP1 class.

His impressive performance that year earned him a drive with the works Audi Sport team in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving the new Audi R15 TDI plus. Along with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer, he finished 2nd overall and in the LMP1 class, despite the rival Peugeot 908s dominating for the first part of the race.

He remained with Audi Sport to compete in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, co-driving the newly designed Audi R18 with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer. After the Audi works team lost two out of three cars due to accidents, Lotterer and his co-drivers held off three works Peugeot 908s to claim both 1st place in the LMP1 class and the overall victory, beating the 2nd place Peugeot by a mere 13 seconds. This win gave Audi 10 overall victories at Le Mans and Lotterer his first overall win at Le Mans.

From 2012 to 2016, Lotterer competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving for Audi Sport Team Joest with the Audi R18.

After Audi Sport Team Joest decided not to run in WEC for 2017, Lotterer moved to Porsche as the driver of the No. 1 car with 2016 World champion Neel Jani and Nick Tandy.[5]

Lotterer was the reserve driver for Jaguar Racing in the 2002 Formula One season.

He replaced Caterham F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi for a one-off race at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.[6] He qualified 21st place, in front of team mate Marcus Ericsson, but his race lasted just one lap before a mechanical failure put an abrupt end to his F1 debut.[7] He was invited to race again at the Italian Grand Prix, but declined as the team planned to run Roberto Merhi in the car for the first practice session, contrary to his desire to take part in all the available running due to his lack of experience.[8]

Lotterer joined Formula E with Techeetah in 2017, partnering Jean-Éric Vergne. After a disastrous Hong Kong weekend, where he was disqualified in race 1 and finished 13th in race 2 and a forgettable Marrakesh, Lotterer made his first podium in 2018 Santiago ePrix after battling with his teammate Vergne. They helped the team achieve the first 1-2 finish for a team in Formula E, although during the race it looked as though they could have blown it. A charging Lotterer drove into the back of Vergne late in the race and the team were not aware due to a power issue in the paddock. He finished third in 2018 Rome ePrix. He finished the 2017-18 season 8th with 64 points.

Lotterer nearly won the 2019 Hong Kong ePrix after leading most laps in the race. He was hit by Sam Bird in the second last lap which lead to his puncture and caused him to finish the race in 14th. In 2019 Rome ePrix he claimed his first pole position in Formula E. He finished the race second after Jaguar's Mitch Evans.

Racing record

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

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(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

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