Lotterer: Don't expect too much from me!

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Formula 1 debutant Andre Lotterer has played down expectations as he prepares for the Belgian Grand Prix weekend with Caterham.

Lotterer, who confirmed that he has been in contact with Caterham for the past three weeks, will replace Kamui Kobayashi at the team for this weekend's race, as Caterham prepares to introduce a raft of upgrades to its CT05.

Lotterer, a three-time Le Mans winner, says people shouldn't expect too much from him.

"The reason I feel ready for it is I still race Super Formula, which is one of the fastest [series] after Formula 1, so in that sense I’m not out of shape, and I race in a complex series with Audi," said the German, who will race with number 45.

"It’s true that the last time I tested a Formula 1 car was 10 years ago [with Jaguar] and obviously it’s evolved, but from my side it’s something nice to have in my career and it’s a great opportunity.

"It’s not just simply to say yes, I had to drop a race in the same weekend in Motegi for my Super Formula championship, but I did 100 races there and you don’t get this opportunity every day. Once everything was clear I decided to join this opportunity.

"For sure I have to learn everything fast so don’t expect too much from me. I’m aware that unfortunately, I don’t want to speak bad about the team, [as] we don’t have a winning car but we have an updated package and I hope I can bring my speed as fast as possible – it’s an unusual situation.

"Wins in other categories give you confidence to think ‘OK I have an established career on the other side’, so I don’t have much to lose."

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