David Beckmann gets Andretti drive for his Formula E debut for the two races in Jakarta in place of Andre Lotterer.
Avalanche Andretti Formula E announced today that David Beckmann will replace André Lotterer in the No. 36 Porsche 99X Electric at the Jakarta E-Prix. The Avalanche Andretti Formula E reserve driver will step in for Lotterer, who will spend the weekend with Porsche’s LMDh team preparing for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans where he will co-pilot the No. 6 PPM 963.
Named the team’s reserve driver for Seasons 8 and 9, Beckmann most recently competed in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2021 and 2022. The German driver won the German Junior Karting Championship in 2014, became the youngest driver in the ADAC Formula 4 in 2015 to claim the Rookie title and is a multiple race winner in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.
Entering Jakarta and Rounds 10 and 11 of the Season 9 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Avalanche Andretti Formula E team sits fourth in the Team’s Championship standings and third in the Driver’s Championship with Jake Dennis just 25 points from the leader. The Jakarta E-Prix kicks off the second half of the season June 3-4, with seven rounds of racing remaining.
DAVID BECKMANN, RESERVE DRIVER, AVALANCHE ANDRETTI FORMULA E: “I’m super grateful for the opportunity to step in for André and represent the Avalanche Andretti Formula E team in Jakarta. Formula E is an incredibly competitive championship, and I’m excited to showcase my capabilities in this unique racing series. I would like to thank Michael Andretti and the team for trusting me with this responsibility. I’m going to give my best to achieve a successful outcome for everyone involved.”
ROGER GRIFFITHS, TEAM PRINCIPAL, AVALANCHE ANDRETTI FORMULA E: “David has proven himself as a highly talented driver and we are delighted to welcome him back into the team for the Jakarta E-Prix. He was part of the Avalanche Andretti Formula E team in Season 8 as the official reserve driver and he has not only demonstrated his capabilities during the Berlin rookie test, but also throughout the Porsche Motorsport development activities. He will be an excellent replacement for the doubleheader weekend.
We knew from the outset that André’s priorities lay within Porsche’s LMDh sportscar squad and were therefore supportive of his commitments outside of Formula E. David’s experience in both single-seater championships and as both the team’s and Tag Heuer Porsche’s reserve and development driver will undoubtedly contribute to his seamless transition into the Formula E environment. We have full confidence in his ability to represent the Avalanche Andretti Formula E team and have no doubt that he will make the most of this opportunity, contributing to our continued success in the Championship.”
[Note: The story is as per press release]