Daniel Abt has been disqualified from the second race in Hong Kong after taking victory after some parts of his car did not match the technical numbers the FIA had for those components.
This administrative mistake has cost Abt his first victory in Formula E on his birthday. Audi has notified its intention to appeal against the exclusion from the classification.
“During post-race scrutineering, the Technical Stewards had noted a mismatch between part numbers in the technical passport and the car. The exclusion from the classification was made even though the parts are identical and all fully correspond to homologation,” said a statement from Audi.
Allan McNish team principal of the Audi Formula E team felt Abt drove a fantastic race and that the issue gave Abt no advantage during the race what so ever.
“Daniel (Abt) drove fantastically on both days and absolutely deserves this victory. What we are apparently suspected of is an 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,” said McNish.
In race one on Saturday, Abt had taken fifth place following a fightback. Title defender Lucas di Grassi failed to score points on both days – following a damaged suspension on Saturday and a battery issue on Sunday.
Abt’s disqualification means that Felix Rosenqvist was the winner in Hong Kong with Edorado Mortara in second and Mitch Evans claims Jaguar’s first podium in third.