21st Nov 2014
Lotterer F1 debut
Three time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, André Lotterer has ousted the popular Caterham F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
At 32 years, 288 days Lotterer will become the oldest F1 debutant since 37-year-old Giovanni Lavaggi at the 1995 German Grand Prix.
Under new ownership, the Caterham F1 team had flagged a possible driver line-up change, but says Kobayashi, “still remains part of the team.”
A Caterham statement on the swap says, “The team will benefit from having another experienced driver at the wheel of the car throughout the weekend and the German's feedback will contribute to improve the performance of the car.”
Lotterer adds, "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."
21st Nov 2014