Audi Formula E Driver Fined for Cheating in Virtual E-Prix
Daniel Abt has been fined €10,000 and has been disqualified from the latest Formula E Race at Home Challenge race for hitting a professional sim-driver to race in his place. The race was being held, in part, to raise funds for UNICEF’s COVID-19 relief fund.
Abt had originally finished in third place at Saturday’s event but was found to have let 18-year-old sim racer Lorenz Hoerzing race in his place. Hoerzing, who races in the Challenge series, for esport drivers, has been banned from any future rounds of the Challenge series.
“I would like to apologize to Formula E, all of my fans, my team and my fellow drivers for having called in outside help during the race on Saturday,” said Abt in a statement released by Formula E. “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 organization.”
In the four rounds leading up to Saturday’s race, held at the virtual Berlin Tempelhof Airport circuit, Abt had failed to score any points in the Race at Home championship. Abt was first accused of cheating by Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne on his Twitch stream.
“Really not happy here because that was not Daniel driving the car himself, and he messed up everything. That was ridiculous,” said the Belgian driver.
With Abt’s disqualification, Audi sits at the bottom of the Race at Home championship standings and is the only team with no points. The €10,000 fine will take the shape of a compulsory donation to a charity of Abt’s choosing.
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