|P.O.B.||Duisburg, West Germany|
|Date of Birth||19 November 1981|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2017 Hong Kong E-Prix I|
|Former Teams||DS Techeetah|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||28 (28 Starts)|
|Team||Porsche Formula E Team|
Lotterer's maiden FE campaign would be among the more spectacular, supporting teammate Jean-Éric Vergne to the title as the pair built a strong relationship. He was retained by Techeetah alongside Vergne for the 2018/19 season, and would once again help Vergne to claim the title, albeit after his own title hopes faded towards the end of the season.
The German driver was also one of a number of drivers to express an interest in FE's new sister series the Extreme E Championship, and was duly revealed to be one of the founding members of its Driver Programme.
Lotterer would make a rapid rise up the racing ladder in the late 1990s, winning the Formula BMW Junior and Formula BMW ADAC Championships in 1998 and 1999. A move to the German Formula 3 Championship followed in 2000, with Lotterer ending the season in fourth with three wins. That performance would attract they eye of Jaguar Racing in Formula One, who signed Lotterer as a reserve driver and placed him in a British Formula 3 Championship seat for 2001.
A Lost Future?
The highlight of Lotterer's 2001 campaign would be a second place finish in the Masters of Formula 3 race at the end of the season. For 2002, Lotterer was involved full time with Jaguar in F1, meaning he only competed in a couple of major races. His skills would atrophy over the a season on the sidelines, and with Jaguar's F1 future in doubt, Lotterer was left without any options for 2003.
An Asian Connection
With no options in Europe, Lotterer moved out to Japan in 2003, taking a seat in the Formula Nippon series, as well as a handful of races in Super GT. It proved to be a wise decision, with Lotterer securing a podium finish in his first season, before going on to challenge for the Formula Nippon title in 2004. A quiet 2005 season followed, before Lotterer claimed his first major title, winning the Super GT crown in 2006.
Lotterer would continue to fight on in Japan for the following two seasons, before being offered a seat in the A1 Grand Prix Series for Team Germany in 2008/09. it was his first drive for a European team in five years, and although he did not secure a full-time seat in the series, it did put Lotterer in the shop window once again. Indeed, a privateer entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans offered Lotterer a seat in an old Audi sportscar for the 2009 race.
The Manufacturer Man
His Le Mans debut would result in a seventh place finish, despite the fact he was piloting a car over three years old. That attracted the eye of Audi, who would offer Lotterer a seat in the 2010 edition of the great race, leaving Lotterer to his own devices for the rest of the season. Before that, however, Lotterer would secure a second Super GT title, a mount a third unsuccessful title bid in Formula Nippon.
2010 saw Lotterer finish runner-up in everything he did, his factory debut at Le Mans going well as he helped secure an Audi one-two-three. He would go one better in 2011, claiming the first of three wins at the 24 Hours, a few months before he finally won the Formula Nippon Championship after eight years of hard work. His reward for his Le Mans and Japanese exploits: A full-time seat with Audi in the newly forged World Endurance Championship.
Lotterer's 2012 campaign would arguably be the best of his career, claiming a second victory at Le Mans enroute to become the first WEC Champion alongside his co. drivers. He continued to race in Formula Nippon, however, and would continue to do so for the following five seasons. 2013 was less successful, Lotterer failing to defend his WEC crown, although he did finish runner up in the newly renamed Super Formula Championship.
2014 would see Lotterer once again finish as runner up in the WEC, although he did collect a third winner's trophy at Le Mans. 2015 followed the same pattern as 2013, while 2016 proved to be doubly disappointing for Lotterer, amid the news that Audi was withdrawing from the WEC at the end of the season. He duly joined Porsche endurance effort in the WEC for 2017, joining another future Formula E driver Neel Jani in the #2 machine.
Formula E History
Lotterer was a surprise signing by Techeetah when he was announced alongside Jean-Éric Vergne ahead of the 2017/18 season. As a former BMW and Audi racer, and now a full member of the Porsche stable like Neel Jani, Lotterer's placement in Techeetah only served to increase speculation over whom the latter manufacturer would partner with in 2019/20. Lotterer would drive a Formula E car for the first time at the 2017 Valencia Test, before getting disqualified from the first race of the season in Hong Kong for leaving his car in an "unsafe" condition in parc-ferme.
The German would then fail to score in the second Hong Kong race, before retiring in Marrakech with an axle locking regen failure. Yet, Lotterer was not to be deterred, and a stirring performance in Santiago saw him and Vergne duel for victory, with several nose-to-tail touches between the pair coming before the Frenchman claimed victory. Although Vergne had come out on top, Lotterer had assayed any doubt as to whether he was capable of driving in FE given his slow start to the season.
However, the Santiago race did not kick-start Lotterer's season, with two pointless races following in Mexico City and Punta del Este. Indeed, it was only a third place finish in Rome that seemed to finally put Lotterer in a more competitive mood, with the German putting in an aggressive drive to claim his second podium of the season. An even more belligerent performance followed in Paris, with Lotterer pushing so hard to keep Lucas di Grassi at bay for second that he ran out of energy on the final lap. The German then tried to hold onto third by placing his car in the middle of the track through the final few corners, resulting in Sam Bird smashing past the Techeetah to claim third.
From that point on Lotterer would try his best to aid Vergne's challenge from the title, but could only muster a ninth place finish in Berlin as Vergne claimed third. The German then claimed his first fastest lap of the season in Zürich, finishing fourth as Vergne was slapped with a controversial penalty for speeding during a FCY. Lotterer and Vergne then qualified at the back of the field for the 2018 New York City E-Prix I, with Vergne set to take the title if he could get ahead of Sam Bird.
It was in New York that Lotterer did a true teammate's job, dragging Vergne into the points, past Bird, before relinquishing fifth place to his teammate to ensure that the Frenchman took his first FE crown. The German then beat Vergne to second on the grid in the season ending 2018 New York City E-Prix II, with Techeetah simply needing to outscore Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler to claim the Teams' Championship. Unfortunately Lotterer would throw away the race, and the Championship by jumping the start, with the German blaming himself for ruining Techeetah's chance.
Despite being a contributing factor in Techeetah missing out on their first title, Lotterer was retained for the 2018/19 season as the team became a factory backed entity in partnership with DS, once again partnering Vergne. Lotterer duly emerged as a title favourite alongside Vergne at the opening round, claiming fastest lap en-route to fifth in the 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Sixth place in Marrakech followed, Lotterer putting in a battling display, before Lotterer caused chaos in Santiago, punting António Félix da Costa into the back of teammate Vergne.
Lotterer enjoyed a quieter run in Mexico City, sweeping to fifth place, although that would be overshadowed by his performance in the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix. Indeed, starting from fourth on the grid, Lotterer would battle his way through to the lead, fighting with Sam Bird, and was on course to claim his maiden win in FE. Unfortunately an aggressive lunge from Bird, combined with an aggressive defensive manoeuvre from Lotterer, resulted in the Brit slicing into the back of Lotterer's right rear tyre, and hence left the German limping to the line in fourteenth.
After a brief war of words between himself and Bird Lotterer got back on track in Sanya, battling to fourth. In Rome Lotterer would secure a maiden pole position in FE, although he would be denied victory late on for the second time in three races, as Mitch Evans lunged past to claim the win. The Paris E-Prix, in contrast, would see Lotterer again threaten to claim victory, although he was no match for Robin Frijns amid more late race chaos. Seventh place in Monte Carlo followed, before Lotterer's season unravelled with the German sat in second position in the Championship.
Lotterer's down-turn in form began in Berlin, with the German racer retiring from his home race with battery issues. At the following round in Bern Lotterer would battle his way into the top five from the back of the grid, only to be slapped with a time penalty for ignoring a red light in the pit lane. Another embarrassing incident in the 2019 New York City E-Prix I would overshadow all of that, however, with Lotterer smacking into Championship leading teammate Vergne on lap two, leaving both Techeetahs with damage and at the back of the field.
Lotterer would leave the Techeetah team at the end of the 2018/19 season, allowing him to join the new Porsche Formula E Team which would debut in 2019/20. The German ace was duly signed by the Porsche squad to partner Neel Jani, with the Stuttgart based squad hoping two years of FE experience would allow Lotterer to lead the team expertly.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining André Lotterer's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for André Lotterer during their FE career:
|André Lotterer's Overall Formula E Record|
|2017/18||Techeetah||18||Renault Z.E. 17||8th||64|
|2018/19||DS Techeetah||36||DS E-Tense FE 19||8th||86|
|2019/20||Porsche Formula E Team||36||Porsche 99X Electric|
Below is a table showing André Lotterer's full Formula E record:
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'Lotterer leaves DS Techeetah to complete Porsche driver line up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/lotterer-moves-to-porsche, (Accessed 17/07/2019)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Lotterer and Vergne complete TECHEETAH line-up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/lotterer-and-vergne-complete-techeetah-line-up/, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 von Tobias Bluhm. 'Exklusiv: Andre Lotterer bestätigt Techeetah-Vertrag für 5. Formel-E-Saison', e-formel.de, (e-Formel, 02/05/2018), https://e-formel.de/news/formel-e-lotterer-bestaetigt-techeetah-vertrag-fuer-saison-5-3514.html, (Accessed 07/05/2018)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'Frijns wins while Vergne claims historic two-time Championship title in New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/race-report-nyc-2-2019, (Accessed 15/07/2019)
- ↑ 'Extreme E reveals world-class Drivers’ Programme', extreme-e.com, (Extreme E, 12/09/2019), https://www.extreme-e.com/en/news/35_Extreme-E-reveals-world-class-Drivers-Programme.html, (Accessed 12/09/2019)
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 'André Lotterer', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 25/09/2017), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Lotterer, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
- ↑ Chris Stevens, 'Bird, Engel, Rosenqvist handed post-race penalties', formulaspy.com, (FormulaSpy, 02/12/2017), https://formulaspy.com/formula-e/bird-engel-rosenqvist-handed-post-race-penalties-51929, (Accessed 02/12/2017)
- ↑ 'Rosenqvist victorious in 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/rosenqvist-victorious-in-2018-abb-fia-formula-e-marrakesh-e-prix/, (Accessed 13/01/2018)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 'Vergne steals the show in epic Santiago E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/02/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/february/vergne-steals-the-show-in-epic-santiago-e-prix/, (Accessed 03/02/2018)
- ↑ 'JEV holds off di Grassi in battle for Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/jev-holds-off-di-grassi-in-battle-for-punta-del-este/, (Accessed 17/03/2018)
- ↑ 'Bird claims historic victory in Rome', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bird-claims-historic-victory-in-rome/, (Accessed 14/04/2018)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 'Fairytale ending for home race hero Vergne in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/fairytale-ending-for-home-race-hero-vergne-in-paris/, (Accessed 29/04/2018)
- ↑ 'Abt leads Audi one-two win at home race in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/abt-leads-audi-one-two-win-at-home-race-in-berlin/, (Accessed 19/05/2018)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi clinches first season victory in historic Swiss race', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/june/di-grassi-clinches-first-season-victory-in-historic-swiss-race/, (Accessed 11/06/2018)
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 'Di Grassi victorious as Vergne clinches championship crown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/di-grassi-victorious-as-vergne-clinches-championship-crown/, (Accessed 15/07/2018)
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 'Champion Vergne victorious as Audi scoops the teams' title in New York finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/champion-vergne-victorious-as-audi-scoops-the-teams-title-in-new-york-finale/, (Accessed 16/07/2018)
- ↑ 'Race Report: Da Costa - 'We did it baby, we're back!', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/12/2018), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/december/race-report-saudi, (Accessed 15/12/2018)
- ↑ 'Bird storms to victory in sweltering Santiago showdown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/race-report-santiago-2019, (Accessed 27/01/2019)
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 'Bird victorious in furious battle for first on Hong Kong Harbourfront', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/march/race-report-hong-kong-2019, (Accessed 11/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Vergne victorious in Sanya showdown, championship blown wide open', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/march/race-report-sanya-2019, (Accessed 23/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Emotional maiden win for Evans in Rome, Lotterer second', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/04/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/april/race-report-rome-2019, (Accessed 13/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Frijns emerges victorious in frantic French E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/04/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/april/race-report-paris-2019, (Accessed 27/04/2019)
- ↑ 'Vergne masters Monaco while Massa claims maiden Formula E podium ', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/race-report-monaco-2019, (Accessed 12/05/2019)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi victorious in the battle for Berlin, home race victory for Audi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/05/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/may/race-report-berlin-2019, (Accessed 25/05/2019)
- ↑ 'Vergne victorious in frantic battle for Bern ahead of Championship finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/06/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/june/race-report-bern-2019, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
- ↑ 'Buemi wins in New York but disaster for Champ Vergne extends title challenge', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/07/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/july/race-report-nyc-2019, (Accessed 14/07/2019)