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Lotterer’s Engineer Joins Porsche

Andre Lotterer to be joined by his former DS Techeetah engineer Fabrice Roussel at Porsche…

Photo: DS Techeetah

Andre Lotterer will be reunited with the engineer he has worked with for his whole Formula E career to date, with Fabrice Roussel following him to Tag Heuer Porsche.

Roussel will officially start work at Porsche later this month and will attend the three day promoters test at Valencia in mid-October as Lotterer’s race engineer.

He previously worked with Lotterer at DS Techeetah for the past two seasons of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

“When you are young and are watching motorsports there are a few brands that make you dream about working for them, Porsche is definitely one of those. and I am really happy to be at Porsche now,” Roussel told e-racing365.

“I have a really special relationship with Andre and we have built a good understanding very quickly.

“In a way we have a kind of unfinished business together too because he was so close to winning races for Techeetah so it will be nice to keep fighting with him.”

Roussel is believed to have been asked by Lotterer to join him at Porsche once he himself had signed with the German manufacturer in July.

“Andre asked me if I would be interested in working with him again and I was,” said Roussel.

“The discussions with Porsche were different of course but Andre and I talked together about it on some occasions before I was asked to join.”

Roussel started his career at the Swiss Morand Racing team in 2013 before working in Formula E with Dragon from Season Two onwards, engineering Loic Duval.

Roussel also had stints at the Manor and Rebellion Racing endurance racing teams before joining Techeetah just ahead of the 2017-18 season where he was chief engineer on Lotterer’s car.

His role with Rebellion included engineering the car which Lotterer shared with Neel Jani and Bruno Senna last season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Roussel Praises DS Techeetah’s Success

Roussel was quick to praise DS Techeetah, having worked for the Franco-Chinese team during a hugely successful period that has included two drivers’ titles for Jean-Eric Vergne.

Lotterer, meanwhile, scored four podiums and was just denied a maiden victory on multiple occasions.

“It was a great time and we were super close to each other. I really enjoyed my time there,” said Roussel.

“I was very open with them about going with Andre and they were good and supportive and I thank them for that.

“What was achieved there was kind of exceptional so I will remember it nicely.

“To have been involved in two really successful years was great but they understood my need to move so it is important to remember some great times and some tremendous ex-colleagues there.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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