Formula E

Photo series: Andre Lotterer reveals his 5 favourite Formula E circuits

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

81 races, 363 points, 2 pole positions, 8 podiums - Andre Lotterer is one of the most experienced and successful Formula E drivers, although he has always been denied a victory in the electric racing series. The 42-year-old raced for the Techeetah, Porsche and Andretti teams from 2017 to 2023. In this photo gallery, we show Lotterer's five favourite Formula E circuits.

5th place: Santiago (Parque Forestal)

Fifth place in Lotterer's ranking is occupied by a track on which only one race was held: The course in downtown Santiago. In January 2018 the track clicked for Lotterer and his Techeetah teammate and great friend Jean-Eric Vergne

"It was a great track but really bumpy," recalls Lotterer. "We had a great weekend, JV and me. It ended with us running 1-2 in the late stages of the race and on the backstraight I tried a move and it almost ended in disaster as we touched."

5th place: Santiago (Parque Forestal)

"I was still learning about how to lift and coast properly and save energy and I got too close. It looked worse than it was but there were a few questions from the team afterwards," Lotterer describes.

"But it was ok in the end and we scored the first ever 1-2 in Formula E," he continues. "So I have really happy memories from a track that made you concentrate super hard because of the surface and some of the quick corners."

4th place: Bern

Lotterer describes the one-off Swiss city track as "gnarly, but in a good way" and "a little like the Pau street track too."

Anyone who witnessed Formula E cars on the scenic configuration in June 2019 will not be surprised to read those words from Lotterer, as the circuit ducked and weaved through the plush glacial Aare river which ran alongside the track.

4th place: Bern

"The track was being finished right up to when we went out for practice but once we were on it, it was really nice," says Lotterer. "The downhill section was like a skiing run and there was a really challenging kink before a tight left at the bottom of the hill."

"The one slight issue was a silly chicane but we also needed these for energy recuperation through braking. But I have a nice memory of this track because it was quite old-school in the way it as designed."

3rd place: Cape Town

The February 2023 visit to the 'Mother City' witnessed drivers wowed by a fast and flowing circuit which went to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean where blue whales were frolicking in the summer sun.

A beautiful backdrop welcomed the Formula E paddock and the circuit didn’t disappoint with a mega challenge that saw speeds top of 260 km/h on parts of the track.

3rd place: Cape Town

"This was a nice track and very satisfying to get right," recalls Lotterer. "The good thing about it was that it had a nice rhythm. The sectors were very different and you could really hustle the car in parts. I loved racing there."

2nd place: Rome

The EUR track in the suburbs of Rome is generally acknowledged as one of the best Formula E tracks ever and Lotterer agrees. "This was an epic street track and so much fun to drive," he says.

"It had pretty much everything from the fast blast up the hill to some really technical sections and also a nice downhill part with a kink too. It was a real challenge to get right because sections were also very bumpy."

2nd place: Rome

Lotterer had several memorable moments in Rome, including a close second place after a fantastic fight with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans in April 2019.

"That was a nice battle with Mitch," adds Lotterer. "We explored all the circuit that day! I only lost the race to Mitch with a really marginal move by him when he touched me going in to a chicane. But generally, it was a nice fight and a great memory on a wonderful track."

1st place: Diriyah

For Lotterer the Diriyah street track "is definitely number one. I think in terms of driving challenges it is up there with the best and the driving just comes naturally with this ultra-quick layout."

"There's nothing like it from Turn 1 to Turn 16 as it is just left, right, left and you’ve got to hit it good and be brave."

1st place: Diriyah

The Diriyah track was the scene of Lotterer’s debut podium for Porsche in December 2019 when he fought through from seventh on the grid to follow winner Sam Bird by just over a second.

"That was a great memory because it was the first race for Porsche in Formula E. We were not expected to score results like that straight off so it was a very special feeling," summarised Lotterer.

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