Andre Lotterer joins Techeetah alongside Jean-Eric Vergne in Formula E
Techeetah has announced a new driver line-up for Season 4 of the FIA Formula E championship, with Andre Lotterer joining the team, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.
The 35-year-old will make his all-electric championship debut in the 2017/18 season, replacing Stephane Sarrazin, who raced with the outfit in the final six races in Season 3.
“I am honoured and proud to join TECHEETAH to make my Formula-E debut. Formula E has been the most exciting motor racing series in recent years," he said.
"TECHEETAH made a very big impression last season beating a number of manufacturer teams, and I am looking forward to working with JEV and everyone in TECHEETAH to start this new chapter in my racing career”.
Lotterer comes into the championship with an extensive career, which also has a Formula 1 race on it - when he made his debut with Caterham in 2014 for a one-off appearance.
He currently races in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche, while also competes in the Japan's premier single-seater series, Super Formula.
Ivan Yim, Managing Director, Techeetah said: “Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer will form one of the strongest driver line ups in Formula E. I’m sure our two drivers will push each other to new levels of performance.
"Andre’s track record and experience with some of motorsport’s most significant factory teams, brings immense value as we push our own development in both the medium and long-term.
“With only three test days available to us as a private team, we’ll be looking to Andre to adapt quickly to the format and car. The intent is clear; we’re putting a quick driver together with the team’s proven Renault Sport powertrain.
"With the all-new season 5 car on the horizon, we are confident that season 4 will assist Andre in being well prepared along with Jean-Eric to mount a solid challenge for the Championship.”
“TECHEETAH scored the most points of any team in the last four races in season 3. We hope to continue this upward trajectory in the coming season with Andre and Jean-Eric. That’s the plan”
“Finally on behalf of the whole team, I want to thank Stephane Sarrazin for his outstanding performance last season.
"It was difficult for him to join the team in the middle of the season but he adapted very quickly and achieved two podiums and one front-row start. We wish him luck with his future endeavours."
The Techeetah outfit, which uses the Renault powertrain, made its official appearance in last season after a buyout of Team Aguri and fielded Ma Qing Hua alongside Vergne for the first three races, before signing Esteban Gutierrez for the next three races - who was eventually replaced by Sarrazin.
The team took its maiden win in the final race of the season courtesy Vergne to go with six podiums, en-route to fifth in the standings with 156 points.
The new season kicks off in Hong Kong with a double-header during the December 2-3 weekend, while it ends in Montreal during the July 28-29 weekend with a total of 14 races.
The 2017/18 grid so far:
Renault e.dams: Sebastian Buemi & Nicolas Prost
Mahindra Racing: Nick Heidfeld & Felix Rosenqvist
DS Virgin Racing: Sam Bird & Alex Lynn
Dragon Racing: Neel Jani & Jerome d'Ambrosio
Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne & Andre Lotterer