Daniel Abt has been disqualified from Sunday’s Hong Kong Formula Eprix, handing Felix Rosenqvist victory.
Despite claiming his first Formula E win, Abt was excluded from the results after a post-race inspection revealed FIA security stickers on the vehicle’s inverters did not align with those on the car’s technical passport.
This breaches the series’ technical and sporting regulations, and so Abt has been disqualified from the result.
While Rosenqvist takes the win, Mortara will be elevated to second place and Mitch Evans his debut podium for Jaguar.
Abt’s exclusion now gives Sam Bird the championship lead on 35 points – two points clear of Jean-Eric Vergne.
Audi has one hour in which to to lodge an appeal and has issued a statement:
“It has been a bittersweet end to the day. Afterwards In the technical inspection, parc ferme, the FIA, the organizing ruling body found there is a discrepancy on the numbers on the technical passport and the numbers on a couple of parts of the car. So now we have taken the view and looked at it and taken to appeal the process. That is the situation as we speak as we finish up in Hong Kong”.
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team principal Allan McNish added: “The situation is that you’ve got a post race scrutineering and normally the top 3 always get very stringent checks, which is entirely correct”.
“Daniel having won the race with a pretty strong victory was one of those drivers that had the checks. The FIA notified us that the bar codes on the MGU and the inverter were not corresponding to the bar code numbers that are on the technical passport. So from that process then we have announced our intent to appeal. We will then follow through the process because it gives us the chance to understand what has happened with the situation”.
Image and Video: Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
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