Andre Lotterer, three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and current WEC co-champion could make a surprise debut in Formula 1 this weekend with Caterham.
Still undergoing a restructure under new owners, Caterham made it clear in recent weeks that they would be open to altering their driver lineup throughout the season.
It’s likely that he would replace Kamui Kobayashi, who has already been told that his seat isn’t safe for the remainder of the year. Kobayashi brings in less sponsorship money than team-mate Marcus Ericsson and was originally hired to help Caterham beat Jules Bianchi and Marussia.
Eager to create a new dynamic for the second half of the season, Caterham are bringing a major package upgrade this weekend in Belgium, and believe adding Lotterer to the lineup could shake things up.
The German has had experience in Formula One, albeit over 10 years ago. He was a test driver for Jaguar between 2000 and 2002, having numerous outings with the team.
However the plan to get Lotterer back in a Formula One car isn’t so simple.
Lotterer is currently competing in Super Formula where he is currently sitting second in the championship. In order to take part at Spa, he will need releasing from TOM’s as there is a race at Motegi this weekend, as well as get permission from Audi, where he races in the World Endurance Championship.
He will also need to obtain a Super License, which he qualifies for having finished runner-up in the Super Formula Championship last year.
Getting these tasks completed seem simple enough on paper, however with just over two days until the start of the Belgian Grand Prix it seems unlikely Lotterer will get the clearances he needs to compete.
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