The fairytale of Daniel Abt winning his maiden Formula E race on his 25th Birthday has been taken away from him after post race technical scrutineering found that part numbers of Abt’s car had been mismatched with the technical passport. This essentially means that some of the wrong components were on Abt’s car.
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler can, and are appealing the decision claiming that “the exclusion from the classification was made even though the parts are identical and all fully correspond to homologation.”
This means that Felix Rosenqvist is currently the winner of Sunday’s Hong Kong E-Prix, with Venturi’s Mortara in second and Mitch Evans promoted to third, taking Jaguar’s first ever podium in Formula E, and Jaguar’s irst podium in motorsport since September 2002. This is also good news for Season 2 Champion Sebastien Buemi, who now picks up a singular point, his first point of the season.
“Daniel (Abt) drove fantastically on both days and absolutely deserves this victory,” says Allan McNish, Team Principal of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. “What we are apparently suspected of is a administrative mistake in the car’s passport that didn’t give us any advantage at all. We want the opportunity to be able to clarify all details, that’s why we’ve announced the intent to appeal.”
Daniel Abt tweeted follwing his disqualification: “Heartbroken. I‘m struggling to find words for this. All I know is that I did my best to make you proud. We intend to appeal the decision. Sending love to all of you….
Daniel has plenty of time to reflect on this, as Formula E does not return until the new year on 13th January in Marrakesch.