I don't have much to lose, says Lotterer
21 August 2014 – André Lotterer says he doesn't have much to lose by contesting this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.
On Wednesday, Caterham announced that the 32-year-old German is to replace Kamui Kobayashi for the Spa-Francorchamps event, albeit without confirmation of who will occupy the seat for the rest of the season.
Although Lotterer, Jaguar's test driver during the 2002 season, admits that he has a lot to learn and in a short amount of time, he feels that he has a strong base to work from in the form of three 24 Hours of Le Mans wins plus World Endurance Championship and Super Formula – previously known as Formula Nippon – titles.
"The reason I feel ready for it is I still race Super Formula, which is one of the fastest after Formula 1 – so in that sense I'm not out of shape – and I race in a complex series with Audi," he said. "It's true that the last time I tested a Formula 1 car was 10 years ago and it's evolved, but from my side it's something nice to have in my career.
"I have to learn everything fast so don't expect too much from me. And I'm aware that, unfortunately – I don't want to speak badly about the team – we don't have a winning car, although we have an updated package here.
"I hope I can bring my speed as fast as possible. It's an unusual situation. Wins in other categories give you confidence to think, 'OK, I have an established career on the other side', so I don't have much to lose."
Lotterer says he first discussed a potential drive with Caterham at the beginning of the summer break.
"Three weeks ago," he said, when asked to clarify a date. "There were a lot of procedures to get the Super Licence but I was immediately eligible. Everything takes time so I only believe it when it's really confirmed.
"It was a long process but 10 days ago we decided we wanted to do it. Once it was clear we announced it."
It has been confirmed that Lotterer will race with the number 45 during his time in Formula 1.