ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E driver Daniel Abt has been disqualified from the fifth round of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in Support of UNICEF for sporting misconduct, stripped of all points accumulated to date in the Race at Home Challenge and will make a compulsory donation of €10,000 to a charity of his choice. Abt let a professional gamer take his place in both qualifying and the race, supposedly finishing third overall.
In a statement the following day, Abt apologised for his actions, “I would like to apologise to Formula E, all of the fans, my team and my fellow drivers for having called in outside help during the race on Saturday.
“I did not take it as seriously as I should have. I am especially sorry about this, because I know how much work has gone into this project on the part of the Formula E organisation.
“I am aware that my offence has a bitter aftertaste, but it was never meant with any bad intention. Of course, I accept the disqualification from the race. In addition, I will donate 10,000 Euros to a charitable project.”
As a result of his actions Audi Sport has suspended the driver stating:
“Integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules are top priorities for Audi – this applies to all activities the brand is involved in without exception. For this reason, Audi Sport has decided to suspend Daniel Abt with immediate effect.”