15 Oct 21
- FAN ZONE
Andre Lotterer heads into his second season with TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, leading the legendary German marque alongside compatriot Pascal Wehrlein as they battle for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
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.
The charismatic German hit the ground running with Porsche, clinching the maiden podium for the legendary manufacturer in their very first race with second in Diriyah - immediately surpassing Porsche's goals for their debut campaign. A couple of races later he followed this up by claiming the debut Julius Baer Pole Position in Santiago.
Season 6 was a learning year as Lotterer and Porsche's performance ebbed and flowed throughout their first campaign together, ending the season in 8th with two podium finishes.
2020/21 will see Lotterer build on the experience gained in the Porsche 99X Electric as he is joined by new recruit Pascal Wehrlein as they challenge for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship title.