Rast signs for Audi to replace Abt

Two-time DTM champion Rene Rast will replace Daniel Abt at Audi for the final six races of the 2019-20 Formula E season in Berlin.

The all-electric series has revealed a six-race programme, which includes three double-header events on three different track layouts at the airfield and is set to take place over nine days.

Abt, who won the 2018 Mexico and Berlin E-Prix, was suspended by Audi after he had a sim racer take his place in the FE Race at Home Challenge Esports competition.

The German manufacturer has now announced that 33-year-old Rast will contest the 5-6, 8-9, 12-13 August races – which will be held behind closed doors.

Rast said: “I’ve been following Formula E very closely for a long time and am now looking forward to this new challenge.

“The demands on the drivers in Formula E are high: in addition to pure speed, it’s also a question of efficiency, battery management and the perfect strategy – and all of this on tight city circuits, where things are usually quite turbulent.

“But, with the testing at the beginning of July and my experience in the simulator, I will try to be as well prepared as possible when I arrive in Berlin.

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