Photo series after Andretti farewell: Andre Lotterer’s Formula E career in pictures
Andre Lotterer contested 80 races in Formula E, scoring a total of 365 points in the electric series. After stints with Techeetah, Porsche and Andretti, the German will now retire before the 2024 season: Lotterer announced on Friday that he would withdraw from formula racing. We take a look back at his Formula E career with a photo series.
It is a record that no racing driver wants to hold: no one has competed in Formula E for so long without recording a race win. Although Lotterer has been on the podium eight times in his career, a first place has eluded him. And yet the 41-year-old has been a defining figure in the past few years of the electric championship.
In pictures: The Formula E career of Andre Lotterer
Techeetah: Tentative beginnings in Formula E
Andre Lotterer contested his first Formula E race in Hong Kong on 2 December 2017. Because he had parked his car in the parc ferme after crossing the finish line in a “ready to drive” mode, he was disqualified retrospectively - no points on his debut.
Techeetah: Legendary teammate battle
Lotterer scored his first Formula E points a little later in Santiago. He finished second in the race in Chile after battling for victory with team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne for several laps. Both even made contact with each other on several occasions.
Techeetah: The "Jeandre" bromance
Soon after, the two racers became friends. The buddy friendship - affectionately dubbed "Jeandre" by the online community - made for countless funny stories. The tale of a night spent together in a hotel bed because Lotterer had booked the accommodation for the wrong date is unforgotten.
Techeetah: Too little consistency amid Vergne titles
While Jean-Eric Vergne won titles in 2018 and 2019 with Techeetah, Lotterer was too inconsistent. He still scored a total of 150 points and four podiums in black and gold. He finished both seasons in 8th place before …
Porsche: Podium on debut, then mediocrity
... he switched to Porsche! He gave the German team, for which he contested the majority of his Formula E races, a second place in the very first race. But the fairytale debut was to remain one of only a few highlights.
Porsche: Wehrlein change also shapes Lotterer's era
Aside Neel Jani, Lotterer was initially still able to shine, but after Pascal Wehrlein switched to his side, Lotterer fell back into mediocrity - apart from a second place in Valencia 2021.
Porsche: Sensational one-two in Mexico
At the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix, Lotterer shone as he teamed up with Wehrlein for a dominant Porsche one-two. He was possibly even the faster Porsche driver in the race, but took no risks for the sake of the team. On some days Lotterer was almost unbeatable.
Porsche: Too many accidents cost points
On other days, however, nothing went according to plan for Lotterer. Time and again he was involved in accidents, not infrequently through his own fault.
Andretti: Different league to Dennis
To help shape Andretti's first year as a Porsche powertrain customer, Lotterer moved to the US racing team in 2023. There he was clearly inferior to his new teammate Jake Dennis - as the Briton became champion, Lotterer did not finish higher than 18th overall.
Andretti: Last points in Berlin
For Andretti, Lotterer scored his last points in Formula E at, of all places, his home race, the Berlin E-Prix 2023. Three DNF results followed in the second half of the season. Only once did he make it into the top 15. In Jakarta, he also sat out two races.
Future: Focus on endurance
There was a reason for the missed event in Indonesia: Lotterer has been working with Porsche again for some time as he made his return to the World Endurance Championship. The German will continue to play an important role there. We wish him every success!