Audi has been a staple of the Formula E series since its first race and driver Daniel Abt has been with them for the ride the whole time. But that ends today following a cheating scandal that took place last weekend.
The driver, who competes in the world's premier electric motorsport series, was supposed to take place in the fifth round of Formula E's virtual Race from Home series. Abt's number 66 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team car finished the race in third place. The result came after Abt had failed to score any points in previous rounds of the virtual series.
After the race, Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorn accused Abt of using a ringer in the race. Indeed, Formula E later found that Abt had enlisted the help of professional e-sports driver, Lorens Hoerzing to race in his place.
In a statement released by Formula E, the series disqualified Abt from the race and assessed him a 10,000 Euro fine, to be donated to the charity of Abt's choice. In the same statement, Abt admitted to the offense and apologized for it.
A day later, Audi announced that it was suspending Abt not showing the “integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules" that are top priorities for Audi. Reports that followed the announcement from Audi have suggested that Daniel Abt has, in fact, been dropped from the team altogether.
The reports suggest that Audi will look to GT3 drivers Kelvin van der Linde and Mattia Drudi as likely replacements once Formula E racing resumes.
In his time with the team, Abt earned 10 podiums and two wins alongside his teammate Lucas di Grassi. The two are the longest-serving teammates in Formula E and along with Sam Bird and Jerome d'Ambrosio are the only drivers to have competed in every Formula E race ever held.
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