Triple winner of the event, André Lotterer has not taken the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2019. Next year, at 41, he will return to Sarthe since he has joined the group of official drivers chosen by Porsche for its LMDh program with the 963. The German’s experience will be invaluable, he who has 11 participations, including seven with Audi and one with Porsche in 2017.
Since the end of the Porsche LMP1 program five years ago, André Lotterer has found refuge in Formula E, still with the German manufacturer. The brand has chosen to call on him for his return with a prototype in the fight for the general classification next year in the WEC and at Le Mans, which will force him to put aside the 100% electric discipline. However, he hopes to remain involved in it in one way or another.
Asked by Motorsport.com on his scheduled return to Endurance, André Lotterer obviously does not hide his enthusiasm. « It’s where I come from, and when Audi quit I joined Porsche, which has always been a dream of mine, and we came close to winning together in 2017. But we didn’t. not done », he points out. In the lead on Sunday shortly before noon, the crew formed by André Lotterer with Neel Jani and Nick Tandy had been forced to retire due to a technical problem.
The 2017 edition remains heartbreaking for André Lotterer…
Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is something quite unique.
“Now the opportunity is here again”he continues. « We discussed when it became an option and we jointly decided to do it together. It’s really nice to have this opportunity again. Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is something quite unique, and I’m motivated to take up the challenge again. »
« But we are also always looking to see how my involvement in Formula E can continue. Because given the experience I have with the team, I would like to support them as much as possible, to make it the best team possible. So I don’t want to completely move on and leave Formula E completely behind me. »
Ninth in the championship before the double E-Prix in New York this weekend, André Lotterer remains fully focused on the end of the season for Porsche, which has dropped to fifth in the teams’ standings. Then will come the time to find a new form of involvement in the discipline. « Yes, we will see. We are currently focused on a championship »he concludes. « It’s busy enough, but we have time to see how to find a way to support the team and Porsche more generally. »
Interview by Jake Boxall-Legge