Caterham announced Wednesday that they have signed 32-year-old German Andre Lotterer to drive for the team in this weekend's Formula One action at Spa-Francorchamps. Lotterer will replace Kamui Kobayashi on this one-race deal and Caterham expressed that Kobayashi remains with the team.
For Lotterer the Belgian Grand Prix will mark his F1 debut and it will be his first on track action in a F1 car since he tested for Jaguar back in 2001 and 2002.
"I'm ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead," Lotterer 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."
Lotterer is a three-time Le Mans winner but does have recent single-seater experience also. In 2011 he won the championship in the Japan Super Formula series and this season he is second in the points in Japan behind Kazuki Nakajima who used to race for WIlliams in F1.
Caterham has yet to score a championship point in Formula One since joining in 2010. Kobayashi joined the team in the offseason and has recorded a best finish of 13th twice this season in the 11 races competed so far. His teammate rookie Marcus Ericsson finished one position out of the points in the Monaco Grand Prix with an 11th place finish.
Kobayashi has made 71 career Formula One starts between 2009 and 2014.
Practice at Spa starts on Friday with the Belgian Grand Prix finishing off the weekend on Sunday.
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