Lotterer Defends Decision on Sanya Preparation over Sebring Race
DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer made the decision to miss racing in the World Endurance Championship 1000 miles of Sebring in order to prepare for the upcoming FIA Formula E Sanya ePrix.
Lotterer confirmed that because of scheduling reasons, he was not able to race in both events, even though they are being held on separate weekends.
“Sanya is a new track and we need to go in the simulator which is really important,” explained Lotterer. “It’s clashing with the race [1000 miles of Sebring].”
Lotterer confirmed the decision to choose between preparing for the Sanya ePrix or racing in the 1000 miles of Sebring was his to make.
“My Formula E team asked me to focus on it and then I took the decision because Formula E [Sanya] is quite an important race for the championship.
“In WEC we can’t really win at the moment. We are focusing on Le Mans.”
From the 12 Hours of Sebring back in 2012 all the way through to the 2018 6 Hours of Shanghai, Lotterer has maintained an unbroken record, racing in all 55 rounds of the World Endurance Championship.
This will be the first time that the Belgian-German driver will miss a WEC race since the formation of the championship, which replaced the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2012.
Lotterer said making the choice between the two events was not an easy one.
“Obviously it’s not an easy decision to take to skip the race – I did every race since the beginning in WEC, but can’t be at the same place at both times,” said Lotterer.
“We tried to look at doing it [simulator] the week of Sanya but the team already leaves on Monday.”
Lotterer will be replaced at Rebellion Racing by Swiss driver Mathias Beche in the #1 R13 LMP1, sharing driving duties at Sebring with Neel Jani and Bruno Senna.
Images: FIA Formula E
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