Lotterer to make F1 debut with Caterham
20 August 2014 – André Lotterer will make his Formula 1 debut at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend for Caterham, it has been announced.
The 32-year-old will replace Kamui Kobayashi, who the squad said "remains part of the team".
It is currently unclear whether this will be a one-off appearance for the German or if he will do further races following Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
"Lotterer will replace Kobayashi for this round of the championship," Caterham said. "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."
"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend – I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this chance," Lotterer added.
"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."
Lotterer was a test driver for Jaguar during their foray in Formula 1 in the early 2000s and has achieved success in sports cars, having won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2011, 2012 and again earlier this season.
He also won the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 and raced in Formula Nippon, claiming the title in 2011.