Caterham F1 confirms Lotterer for Spa as Kobayashi steps aside
AUG 20, 2014 12:00p ET
Caterham has confirmed that Audi WEC star Andre Lotterer will drive in this weekend's Formula One Belgian GP.
The 32-year-old will stand in for Kamui Kobayashi, who Caterham insists "still remains part of the team."
In explaining the decision, Caterham says that it "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. The weather also plays a big role at Spa-Francorchamps and Lotterer is one of the most experienced drivers racing under mixed conditions."
Lotterer, who was Jaguar's test driver from 2000-2002 before forging a new career in Japan, is in his 17th year of car racing. He has a close relationship with Caterham advisor Colin Kolles, for whom he drove in LMP1 before joining the works Audi team.
"I'm ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead," he said. "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 optimize the car's performance. I really enjoy racing at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps; it's one of my favorite tracks and it's very close to where I grew up, so this makes the weekend even more special and one to remember."