F1: Lotterer impresses, outpaces teammate during qualifying

Andre Lotterer qualified 21st of 22 cars for Sunday's Formula One Belgian Grand Prix.

Rookie Andre Lotterer impressed in Spa by, not only staying out of trouble on a tricky wet day, but by outqualifying Caterham teammate Marcus Ericsson by almost a second.

The latter said he didn’t get a clear lap, but nevertheless it was a good effort by Lotterer, who didn’t sample the car until Friday.

“This is definitely a speedy way of learning how to drive an F1 car!” he said. “Yesterday was dry while today was wet, so all this is now covered and I know exactly what to expect in both those conditions. I think it was a very tough qualifying session for me. I had to figure it all out while I was out there, so I’m very happy that I brought the car back without making many mistakes – it was so easy to lose it out there! In the end I managed to complete two decent laps and I’m really happy with my result.

“The most difficult part of this weekend is figuring it all out in such a short period of time: understanding where the grip is, where to brake, how to handle the throttle and the power… I’ve accumulated a lot of experience in a very short amount of time and I feel that I can do a good race tomorrow. I did some long runs yesterday and I found a good rhythm. Hopefully the conditions won’t be too tricky, because if not I will need to find out where the limit is while I’m racing – that’s my biggest concern. Nevertheless, I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s race, I’m ready for it!”