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Featured Andre Lotterer close to F1 debut at Belgian GP

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Jordan Wilkins, Aug 19, 2014.

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    32 year old German Andre Lotterer is in line to make a shock F1 debut at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix for the struggling Caterham team.

    With a new owner and management team it seems increasingly likely Lotterer will step in to replace Kamui Kobayashi for this weekend.

    The three time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and 2011 champion has impressed over the past few seasons both with the Audi team in the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship and the TOM's Super Formula team.

    His only stumbling block so far appears whether he will be granted permission from both Audi and the TOM's team to race in Belgium, despite having a Super Formula race this weekend at Motegi also. However, it's been rumoured this morning that an initial entry list for Motegi has listed Andrea Caldarelli in place of Lotterer for this weekend.

    Whilst the talented German's last F1 experience came over 10 years ago when he was a Jaguar junior racing driver and tested for the team on a number of occasions between 2000 and 2002. The talent and results he's shown both in the WEC and in the Super Formula series suggest he's long overdue a F1 debut.

    On the other hand, he will have his work cut out in Belgium in a debut race F1 weekend with a highly troublesome Caterham. It's unclear yet if this is a one-off deal or if this will extend to the end of the season.

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  2. airutonpurosuto8912


    IMO, if he finally debuts in Formula One I will see his three-letter abbreviation as "LOT" on my TV
  3. airutonpurosuto8912


    Final conclusion here!
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  4. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Don't understand this sudden move unless Audi is involved.
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  5. :( Kamui.
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  6. Goodbye Japanese fans... Another major financial blow to the already falling 2014 F1 interest. :laugh:
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  7. Robert vd Heide

    Robert vd Heide
    Piloting RC Helicopters and sim Racecars

    mod-edit: there are several threads about this topic already
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  8. Decenten

    Driver of the #73 Team OGMRZ Holden V8SC Premium Member

    LOL will it be Max Chilton next to lose his seat
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  9. Robert vd Heide

    Robert vd Heide
    Piloting RC Helicopters and sim Racecars

    SEE the humor that was meant ,,dont be a penpushing Moderator !!!
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  10. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Premium Member

    I don't think so. His family are strong stakeholders in Marussia, I can't see Chilton losing his seat easily.
  11. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Premium Member

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  12. airutonpurosuto8912


    Kobayashi's possibly set to return in Italy, too
  13. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Premium Member

    It is a one race deal at the moment, Caterham haven't announced anything else. But they never actually mentioned if Kamui would return.