Just before the Monaco ePrix, André Lotterer (Porsche TAG Heuer) deciphers for Auto Moto his commitment to Formula E, his strong link with Belgium, and also mentions Porsche’s return to endurance in 2023.
He is the very example of the versatile driverable to adapt his riding to very different disciplines. Triple winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011, 2012 and 2014, Andre Lotterer went from a resistance prototype to an electric single-seater joining the Formula Efirst at Techeetah, end of 2017. Now pilot Porsche TAG Heuersince the arrival of the manufacturer end of 2019the German – who speaks Molière’s language very well – details his desire to achieve a victory this season, or even aspire to the world title. Not forgetting the endurance component with Porsche for 2023.
What are your goals with Porsche for this season finale and for 2023?
Andre Lotterer: However, our goals were achieved, from the first year we wanted to do podiums, which was achieved from the first race with a second place. Last season the aim was to win a race, which my teammate did on the track before being disqualified for what could be called a bureaucratic error regarding the tyres, which had no impact on performance. The aim of this third season for Porsche is clearly to fight for the title. We are well placed in the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, so things are going well, we put on a good show in Mexico. I have always qualified in duels, this new qualification format suits me. It’s always good to approach the race and I hope it continues, starting with Monaco this weekend in hopes of winning.
Could a city in Belgium, the country you grew up in, host Formula E?
Andre Lotterer: There is a very rich history. He cradled me from a very young age, my father being coach, team manager and technical director of a great team in Belgium, on circuits and rallies. Since he was the boss, he could take my mother and me to the circuits, since he was little. That’s how I got the virus. There are a lot of big events in Belgium, but not in Formula E. A few years ago, there was a project in Brussels around the Atomium, but it didn’t happen. Perhaps it is still being discussed, even if the Formula is being discussed with many other cities in the world.
All disciplines combined, which events do you place at the top of motorsport?
Andre Lotterer: In general, I would mention the big endurance events first: Le Mans 24h, Spa 24h, Nürburgring, Daytona and Sebring. And in F1, for me, the most beautiful GPs are Monaco, Spa, Monza, Suzuka, but it’s a shame there aren’t more races in Germany. I think it is important to keep the places that were the basis of each discipline and therefore are legendary.
Do you plan to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the premier class with Porsche in 2023?
Andre Lotterer: I wish that of course it is still the greatest race in history. There have been tests, but I haven’t ridden yet.
Is it obvious to go from an endurance prototype to an electric single-seater and vice versa?
Andre Lotterer: As a driver, adaptability is important and that means knowing what you can do with each car. For example, when I was driving in Japan in Super Formula, on a qualifying lap, I had to give 120% to get the full potential out of the car. On the contrary, in Formula E, you have to hold back because there are no aero and slick tyres. But it is an art, I find it, between the rally and the circuit because the car moves a lot. As a result, the driver has a lot of responsibility to record the car as well as possible at every corner. In the old way, a bit like in Formula Ford, we are often at work (laughs).
Richard Burgan interview / Photo: Porsche
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