Despite being one of the most experienced racing drivers on the current Formula E grid, racing in series such as the World Endurance Championship and previously winning the Super Formula Championship, Andre Lotterer confessed that the jump into Formula E “took time [in order] to feel at home and confident with everything”.
Talking to katyfairman.com, Lotterer, who experiences his first home ePrix this weekend in Berlin, explained that he found himself having “so much to learn in a really short time.”
“I am enjoying it a lot now, but it was difficult to enjoy it,” the Techeetah driver stated. “But as soon as we had some better results, [I am] feeling more confident with everything.
“The whole concept is great. The races are super, the guys we have on board and the battles are exciting, the places we go are really cool and the driving is super challenging to stay away from the walls. Managing the energy and fighting the others is complex for us as drivers. The engineering, the energy management, it is a very intense day.
“It is a new challenge, and it is very cool for me in this stage of my career to be a part of Formula E.”
The difference and difficulty of driving a Formula E car is well documented, with the importance of battery management being a new challenge for all the drivers involved in the all-electric championship. Unfortunately for Lotterer, he learnt this the hard way last time out in Paris when he failed to reserve enough energy to make it to the end of the race. He slowed down dramatically and collected the DS Virgin of Sam Bird leaving Bird with just three wheels on his car as he crossed the finish line.
“What happened in Paris, I think with more experience I could have avoided that because it was just about a few meters lifting on the power earlier to survive.
“[A lot of challenges] have come up in Formula E and I knew it was going to be a learning process, but something you have to experience and to really learn. You try and prepare yourself as much as possible, but everyone is always learning in Formula E.”
Despite a slow start to his Formula E season, Lotterer has gone from strength to strength and collected two podium finishes during his 8-race Formula E career so far. The Techeetah team look to be strong here in Berlin but after receiving a ten-second grid penalty from his prang with Bird in Paris, Lotterer will have to battle hard to get to the top of the field.