Lotterer 'very pleased' with opening day
22 August 2014 – André Lotterer described himself as "very pleased" after making a positive start to his Formula 1 career at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, appointed in place of regular driver Kamui Kobayashi earlier this week, quickly found a rhythm in Friday's pair of 90-minute sessions, outpacing team-mate Marcus Ericsson in the morning and trailing him by just 0.043s in FP2.
"I'm very pleased with today," said Lotterer after stepping out of the car.
"This morning's first practice was a good session for me; I got used to the car quite quickly and now I just need to optimise everything in terms of driving style. It all went according to plan and I was able to get a good feel of what it's like to drive the car.
"FP2 was another good session, even though we had to stop a little bit early due to a technical problem.
"We followed the programme as planned, improving while learning and trying to play with the car. We did some long runs and I'm starting to feel comfortable with everything, even though I'm still in the learning curve."
Caterham team boss Christijan Albers heaped praise on Lotterer for his early performance, explaining: "Having André in the car is definitely helping us. He has done an extraordinary job on his first day driving for us."