André Lotterer has a hunch he might be the most experienced single-seater racing driver in history, despite his record including just one solitary Formula 1 grand prix start. He must be up there. For much of the past two decades, the 39-year-old has juggled a colourfully diverse dual racing life, consistently logging race starts and miles in open-wheelers while also becoming one of his generation’s greatest endurance sports car racers. Born to a Belgian mother and Peruvian-German father who ran his own racing team, Lotterer remains an openhearted car nut with an unquenchable thirst for speed and power.
It’s somewhat ironic, then, that this modernera racer with a cheeky old-school twinkle in his eye should find himself scrapping around pop-up street circuits in the suffocating, constricted world of Formula E, the all-electric single-seater series that remains contentious and a point-blank turn-off for so many deep-rooted enthusiasts.
Formula E hasn’t been kind to Lotterer so far. In four seasons, two for DS Techeetah and two as a member of the factory Porsche team, he’s yet to win a race. In the most recent campaign he finished a lowly 17th in the standings after a season that featured too many clashes with rivals – although he’s far from alone as a driver of vast experience who regularly finds himself embroiled in controversy, in a series where contact is not only unavoidable but even part of the game.