- Full name Andre Lotterer
- Birth date November 19, 1981
- Birthplace Duisburg, Germany
- Current age 33 years 324 days
- Teams Caterham
|Only race||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa||August 24, 2014||[race_results]|
Andre Lotterer earned a surprise F1 debut at the age of 32 after being drafted in by Caterham to replace Kamui Kobayashi for the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.
A three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Lotterer started racing in the early 90s, succeeding in both German and British Formula 3 championships before being named Jaguar Racing's Formula One test driver in 2002. A year later he moved to Japan, doing very well in both Formula Nippon and the Japanese Super GT Championship, which he won in 2006 and 2009. He made his debut in endurance racing in 2009, taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
His impressive performance that year earned him a drive with the works Audi Sport team in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, remaining with the team and winning the prestigious race three times (2011, 2012 and 2014). In 2011 he won the Formula Nippon championship. Since 2012, the German competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Lotterer tested for Jaguar between 2000 and 2002 but never did enough to earn a race seat, though the way he subsequently carved out a successful career in both sports cars and open-wheel racing paved the way for his ride at Caterham, along with links to team advisor Colin Kolles.
Lotterer impressively out-qualified Marcus Ericsson by nearly a second in qualifying but his grand prix debut lasted just one lap, before his Caterham's engine failed. His step up to F1 was a one-off deal, and the German returned to his other commitments after the weekend had concluded.