Lotterer thanks Caterham for F1 outing
25 August 2014 – André Lotterer has thanked the Caterham F1 team after he got the chance to compete for the squad in Belgium and make his Formula 1 debut.
The 32-year-old got the confirmation he would replace Kamui Kobayashi a few days before the event and while his race was short, stopping on the second lap when he lost all power, he was still happy to have got the chance to do a grand prix weekend.
"I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this amazing opportunity - it's been fantastic to experience Formula 1, I got a lot of support and the team has been great," said the three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner.
"It's frustrating to have only completed two laps of the race, but this is motorsport and these things happen."
"I didn't even get the chance to sweat unfortunately," he added. "I was really looking forward to a good race and I had a good start, but then I went a bit wide at Turn 17 and there was a sudden loss of power.
"The team and Renault will have to investigate and see what happened. It is a shame, but I am pleased with my race weekend overall - I made no mistakes and did a reasonably good job.
"Of course it would have been fantastic to finish the race and do a whole Grand Prix, but it has still been an amazing weekend. I can go home happy even though it didn't really end the way I would have liked it to."
It is believed Lotterer's outing was a one-off deal and that Kobayashi will be back behind the wheel for the Italian Grand Prix.