24 Feb 20
Andre Lotterer moves from DS Techeetah to Porsche after two successful years with the Franco-Chinese team. The German driver is reunited with former endurance racing teammate Neel Jani at Porsche ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Born in Duisburg in 1981, Andre Lotterer came to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with a successful background in endurance racing with the works Audi and Porsche teams. His career in the series included three victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the drivers' title of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Lotterer has also competed in the Japanese Super Formula series for over a decade, winning the title in 2011.
Making a name for himself at a young age through success in both German and British Formula 3 championships, Lotterer took on the role of test driver for the Jaguar Formula One team in 2002. Despite this, it wasn't until 2014 that he raced in Formula One for Caterham - replacing Kamui Kobayashi - at the Belgian Grand Prix. Racing for the first time in the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009, Lotterer enjoyed six years racing for Audi Sport Team Joest between 2010 and 2016, in which he picked up three wins and five podiums. Between 2012 and 2017, he also competed in the World Endurance Championship, winning the drivers' title at the end of his first full season. For his final year in the series, Lotterer raced for Porsche alongside Jani, placing fourth overall.
Switching to single-seaters the following year as he made his debut in the all-electric championship, Lotterer struggled to master the series in the initial rounds. Despite this, the German soon earned a reputation as an unforgiving rival after he and teammate Vergne brought home the first one-two finish in the series in Santiago. Two podium finishes for the German driver followed over the course of the season, earning him a place in the top ten overall. For the 2018/19 season, the German driver remained with the newly named DS Techeetah outfit alongside teammate and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne. The pair brought home the Teams' Championship title at the end of the season, with Lotterer placing eighth overall.
For his third campaign in the series, Lotterer is reunited with his former endurance racing teammate Neel Jani to challenge for TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in its debut season.