Illustration for article titled Audi Le Mans Winner André Lotterer Will Race In F1

André Lotterer is possibly the unluckiest racing driver in the world right now: he's getting race seat in F1 for the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. What's so unlucky about that? It's for Caterham.



Caterham aren't the worst team in Formula One right now, but... oh wait, yes they are. They are very much the worst.


It is genuinely hard to be worse than typical backmarker Marussia, but Caterham managed it. The not-so-mean green team is in the middle of some serious financial difficulties, having just gotten sold off by longtime owner Tony Fernandes. Autosport speculates that the recent sale might be why their current driver Kamui Kobayashi will be making room for Lotterer.

This isn't Lotterer's first time in an F1 car — back in the early 2000s, he did some testing for Jaguar, back when they ran a completely underwhelming and also green car.

And if you've forgotten, Lotterer won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, all with Audi, in 2011, 2012, and 2014

The 32-year-old German seemed upbeat, in spite of everything.

"I'm ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead.

"I will need to get settled and used to the car quickly, as the team has worked on a number of updates and we will need to have as much time as possible out on track to optimise the car's performance.

"I really enjoy racing at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, it's one of my favourite tracks and it's very close to where I grew up, so this makes the weekend even more special and one to remember."


I mean hey, if you offer to pay a German to sit in a turd for an hour and a half, they'll probably do it.

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