Lotterer hails 'amazing weekend' despite retirement

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Andre Lotterer hailed an 'amazing weekend' despite having to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix on the second lap.

Lotterer, making his Formula 1 debut with Caterham, qualified in 21st position but suffered a sudden power loss and had to retire the CT05.

"I didn’t even get the chance to sweat unfortunately," he said.

"I was really looking forward to a good race and I had a good start, but then I went a bit wide at turn 17 and there was a sudden loss of power. The team and Renault will have to investigate this tonight and see what happened.

"It’s a shame, but I am pleased with my race weekend – I made no mistakes and did a reasonably good job. Of course it would’ve been fantastic to finish the race and do a whole Grand Prix, but it’s still been an amazing weekend. I can go home happy even though it didn’t really end the way I would’ve liked it to."

Team principal Christijan Albers sympathised with his new signing but praised Lotterer's contribution.

"It’s a real shame that André was only able to race for one full lap before retiring – his weekend up until then had been close to perfect and he has certainly provided us with very useful feedback that will help to continue developing the car," he said.


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