F1 2014 Driver Review: Andre Lotterer

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Andre Lotterer

Team: Caterham F1 Team
Car No.: 45
Races: 1
Wins: 0
Podiums (excluding wins): 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 24th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Andre Lotterer’s debut certainly came out of left field, given that he last piloted an F1 car in 2003 and he had since made his name in sportscars with Audi, but it was refreshing to see someone from another discipline try his hand in Formula 1.

With Caterham, Lotterer didn’t stand a great chance of making a huge impression, but he did manage to outqualify Marcus Ericsson despite the Swede having 11 races in the Caterham car under his belt up to that point. It was an impressive result, even if his race lasted just a single lap due to a problem on the car.

Lotterer was offered more races, but turned them down. He had made his F1 debut and tried his hand in the top single seater series – it was all he needed to do.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Andre Lotterer certainly didn’t need to make his F1 debut to add to his glowing resume in Le Mans lore and in Super Formula in Japan, but when asked if he was up for it at Spa, he jumped at the chance. Granted, Caterham’s financial waters were starting to seem murky at the time and Lotterer really had nothing to gain from the experience, but he seized the moment. The German outqualified teammate Marcus Ericsson by nearly a second and didn’t get to finish ahead of him afterwards as his car quit on him on his opening lap. But he had enjoyed the weekend.

Much had changed for the German in-between when he was on the doorstep of an F1 career in 2002 and 2003, with Jaguar, and where he is today. Who knows whether Jaguar would have ever given him an opportunity, and where that might have led given the team’s evolution into the Red Bull juggernaut. But Lotterer can now say he’s started a Grand Prix, and can add that stat to a career that has became so successful in other disciplines.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.