After being penalised for a collision with Sam Bird at the last race in Paris, Andre Lotterer has dismissed talk of criticism from his fellow drivers and has put the incident down as a learning experience.
Speaking ahead of his home E-Prix in Berlin, Lotterer refused to criticise the steward’s decision to award him a grid penalty for the last lap incident that resulted in Sam Bird crossing the line with only three wheels.
“It’s up to the stewards decide [whether it was fair or not],” said Lotterer.
“For sure, it was a complicated situation to be in. Not ideal, but I keep my mind on other things. It’s ok, it’s a learning year, and I come away stronger and more complete after every race.
Asked if he had spoken to Bird regarding the incident, Lotterer joked: “Yes, in Spa [at the WEC race a week later], I asked him if he had finished the race on four wheels.
“It’s an incident, and they can speak their mind, everyone can speak their mind,” he added. “I think in the end it’s up to the stewards to decide. I know what happened, you saw what happened, so we move on.”
After an up and down start to his Formula E career, Lotterer currently sits ninth in the drivers’ standings, having scored just two podium finishes all season at the Santiago and Rome rounds.
With Techeetah teammate Jean-Eric Vergne leading the standings, Lotterer accepts he is likely to be asked to play a supporting role in the remaining races.
“It’s been a good progression for me so far, but [Vergne] is on the top of his game and he’s a really good reference for me,” said Lotterer.
“In terms of the team approach, we give everything for both of us, and they know also now if I’m up to speed like in the last races I can help out. I’m not fighting for the championship so let’s see how it goes.
“Obviously this race I have a ten-place grid penalty which will make my life a bit harder depending on where I qualify, but apparently it’s a good track to overtake if you have good pace, so hopefully the pace will be there.”
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