Formula E

Porsche names Andre Lotterer & David Beckmann as test & reserve drivers for the 2024 Formula E season

Timo Pape

Timo Pape

A few months after officially retiring from formula racing, Andre Lotterer has been given a new role in Formula E. As Porsche announced on Wednesday morning, the German veteran will join David Beckmann as a test and reserve driver for the upcoming 2024 season and could therefore make a track comeback after all should one of the regular drivers retire.

"For us as a team, it is a benefit that we can also draw on Andre's wealth of experience in Formula E in the new season," says Florian Modlinger, Project Lead Formula E. "With David, we also have a young driver on board who we already know well. He can also help us with his talent and the experience he has gained with our Porsche 99X Electric."

Lotterer - now 42 years old - made a successful Formula E debut for Porsche in November 2019 when he finished second in the season opener in Saudi Arabia. After a season with Porsche customer team Andretti, he left Formula E in the summer to focus primarily on the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Porsche Penske Motorsport team in 2024.

"After 26 years in formula racing, I have decided to close this chapter of my career and concentrate on the challenge of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Porsche 963," he says. "At the same time, I'm very much looking forward to supporting Porsche in the future with my Formula E experience."

Beckmann wants to "gain experience for further career steps in Formula E"

This is David Beckmann's second season as a test and reserve driver for the Porsche works team in Formula E. After his first kilometres on the track in autumn 2022 in Calafat, Spain, he took part in the official rookie test as part of the Berlin E-Prix in spring 2023.

As a reserve driver for the Porsche customer team Andretti, he finally celebrated his Formula E racing debut in June at the double-header in Jakarta. Later, he proved his speed with a class victory in the Oreca-07 at the 1,000 Miles of Sebring, the season-opening race of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Florida.

"I'm looking forward to continuing my collaboration with Porsche and to supporting the team in this challenging and diverse racing series," he says. "This is a great task for me. I can get to know the Porsche 99X Electric even better and gain important experience for further career steps in Formula E."

Gabriela Jilkova will also support the Porsche Formula E team in season 10 as a simulator and development driver. As a rookie, she completed the test in Valencia in October.

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