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Lotterer Future Central to Driver Market

Andre Lotterer’s immediate future is set to shape the driver market for Season Six…

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Andre Lotterer hopes to stay with DS Techeetah for the long-term, with the Formula E driver market set to begin a period of instability this spring.

The German, who is believed to hold a contract with DS Techeetah until the end of the 2019-20 campaign, is also contracted to Porsche and could be targeted by the German manufacturer in the coming weeks.

Porsche will enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the 2019-20 season and is currently working on its plans to firm up a teammate for the already-announced Neel Jani.

It is believed to be only considering a driver with Formula E experience and is understood to have been inundated with requests from drivers and their management teams over the last six months.

Should Porsche’s favoring of prior Formula E experience hold, it would rule out Brendon Hartley who only has a brief test for Venturi in 2017 under his belt.

Lotterer is believed to be one prospect for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer which is set to privately debut its development car in the next few weeks at its own test track in Weissach.

It is likely that it would have to negotiate and buy-out Lotterer from his DS Techeetah contract, should Porsche want to secure his services for next season.

Three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Lotterer partnered Jani in a Porsche 919 Hybrid car during the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season, scoring seven podium finishes together.

“I’ve learned a lot with [DS Techeetah] and I feel at home. I’m fluent in French and there’s a lot of French engineers so it is a good place to be for me,” Lotterer told e-racing365.

“The atmosphere is pretty good in the team and we’re at the front so there’s no reason for me to think any different.

“I’m still under the contract that I signed when I joined the team and JEV obviously announced a longer future. Hopefully, I can follow the path.”

DS Techeetah president Edmund Chu told e-racing365 in December that Lotterer is at the forefront of its future plans.

“We think we have the two best drivers on the grid and they work well together,” Chu told e-racing365.

“We don’t want that to change and they’ll be part of the team for a while.”

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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    Kris G.

    January 25, 2019 at 9:01 am

    That Mercedes and Porsche will cause disruption in the driver’s market no doubt about that, they’re two strong motorsport teams and every driver out there should be eager to have a go.

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