Lotterer remains open-minded to F1 future


World Endurance Championship superstar Andre Lotterer has left the door open for a potential Formula 1 career after insisting he would consider a drive with a top team.

The multiple 24 Hour of Le Mans winner and former World Endurance Championship champion, who also races in the Japanese-based Super Formula Championship, revealed that he could add to his one Formula 1 appearance, at Spa-Francorchamps in 2014 with the Caterham F1 Team, should the right opportunity present itself.

“It depends with which team,” revealed Lotterer to Motorsport.com. “With a backmarker team, I’d most likely say no, but if it was with a competitive team, for sure I’d be up for the challenge.

“It would really have to be something big that was offered to me to leave Audi.

“I could have carried on [with Caterham] at Monza and Abu Dhabi, but I preferred to leave it as a one-off because I knew it wouldn’t lead to anything as I didn’t have any sponsors.”

Lotterer revealed that making his debut in Formula 1 for Caterham at Spa last year was more for fun than anything else, but felt it earned him a lot of respect from making the switch from WEC to F1.

“It was the right stage of my career to do it,” said Lotterer. “I felt ready for it, and because I was established, my career didn’t depend on that race – it was just for fun basically.

“I enjoyed the attention from the media; I was surprised at the buzz created by a Le Mans winner coming to F1 at 32 years of age. I got a lot of respect for it.”