Audi decides against Abt Hong Kong exclusion appeal

The Audi Sport Abt Formula E team has decided not to appeal Daniel Abt’s disqualification from victory in Sunday’s Hong Kong race.

Audi decides against Abt Hong Kong exclusion appeal
 Podium: race winner Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
 Podium: race winner Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, second place Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, third place Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Formula E
 Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
 Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

A post-race inspection revealed the barcodes on the inverters and motors did not correspond with those declared on the technical passport for one of Abt's Audi e-tron FE04s.

Audi had initially notified the FIA of its intent to appeal the decision that cost Abt and the works team its first win in the electric single-seater series.

However, it has now decided not to proceed with that appeal.

“We took the time to carefully review all documents and processes,” said team principal Allan McNish.

“We gained no advantage as a result of the administrative error and all parts fully complied to homologation and the technical regulations at all times.

“Still, we accept the decision of the FIA and fully back the technical passport regulations.

“Our team made a small mistake with big consequences that we own up to, unfortunately that deprived Daniel of his very deserved victory of which we can only apologise for.

“I am sure we will see him on the podium again soon.”

Audi’s decision not to appeal means Felix Rosenqvist’s inherited victory is no longer under threat, nor is Jaguar’s first podium in the series after Mitch Evans was promoted to third.

It also means Sam Bird will definitely end 2017 as the leader of the championship, with 35 points to Jean-Eric Vergne’s 33.

Abt remains 11th in the points after his fifth-place finish and fastest lap in Saturday’s race, while the Audi team is just sixth in the teams’ championship after reigning champion Lucas di Grassi failed to score in either race.

shares
comments
Mahindra takes Formula E points lead with Hong Kong win
Previous article

Mahindra takes Formula E points lead with Hong Kong win

Next article

Mortara explains "stupid mistake" that cost him debut win

Mortara explains "stupid mistake" that cost him debut win
Load comments
How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself Prime

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series.

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Prime

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021
Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Prime

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit.

Formula E
Oct 13, 2021
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Prime

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Prime

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun.

Formula E
Sep 19, 2021
How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Prime

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin.

Formula E
Sep 17, 2021
The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning Prime

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning

OPINION: The departure of Audi from Formula E meant its long-time driver Lucas di Grassi would need to find a new berth to stay on the grid. His deal at Venturi Racing will ensure the championship's first-ever race winner will remain competitive into the final year of the current Gen2 ruleset - although it may not be a long-term fit

Formula E
Sep 15, 2021
The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure Prime

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

Mercedes' planned withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2022 season will contribute to the big hole left by fellow automotive manufacturers Audi and BMW on their departures. Although the team may stick around under a different guise, the exit of the now-reigning teams' champion underlines FE's current issues...

Formula E
Aug 18, 2021