TAG Heuer Porsche's Director of Factory Motorsport in Formula E, Florian Modlinger, sees the additions to the team's driver line-up as a strong blend, with the experience of Lotterer and quality of Beckmann in as support to regular drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix da Costa.
“Next season, our team will benefit from André’s wealth of Formula E experience,” says Modlinger. “With David, we also have a young driver that we know well. He can also support us with the skill and experience he gained with our Porsche 99X Electric.”
With Lotterer, Porsche celebrated a successful Formula E debut in November 2019 when he took second place with the Porsche 99X Electric at the opening round in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
After a season competing for the new Porsche customer team Avalanche Andretti, the three-time Le Mans winner’s main priority in 2024 will be the FIA Endurance World Championship with the Porsche Penske Motorsport team.
“After 26 years in single-seater racing, I have decided to close this chapter of my career and concentrate on the challenge of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Porsche 963,” says the 42-year-old German. “At the same time, I’m excited to continue supporting Porsche with my Formula E experience.”
For Beckmann, Season 10 will be his second as a Test and Reserve Driver for the Porsche works team in Formula E.
He turned his first laps on the racetrack with the Porsche 99X Electric in Calafat, Spain in autumn 2022, and took part in the official Rookie Test in spring 2023 as part of the Berlin E-Prix weekend. As a Reserve Driver for the Porsche customer team Avalanche Andretti, he celebrated his Formula E race debut in June at the double-header in Jakarta. He underlined his versatility with a class win in the Oreca-07 at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, the season-opening race of the FIA Endurance World Championship in Florida.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Porsche and supporting the team in this challenging and diverse racing series,” he says. “It’s a great job. I can better familiarise myself with the Porsche 99X Electric and gain crucial experience for further career steps in Formula E.”
Gabriela Jílkova will also support Porsche as a simulator and development driver. As a rookie, she drove the Porsche 99X Electric at the pre-season tests in Valencia in October.