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No Audi Appeal for Abt Disqualification

Audi has decided not to appeal against the disqualification of Daniel Abt from the second Hong Kong E-Prix….

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Audi has decided not to appeal against the disqualification of Daniel Abt from the second Hong Kong E-Prix.

The German had won the Formula E round on Sunday but was excluded post-race due to a mismatch between part numbers in the technical passport of the car.

Consequently, Abt loses his and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s first Formula E victory.

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

The result confirms that Felix Rosenqvist and Mahindra is now a two-time Formula E winner.

It also means Mitch Evans and Panasonic Jaguar Racing scored a maiden podium finish, while Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi took his first point of the season.

Sam Bird leads the championship standings with 35 points from Jean-Eric Vergne, who accrued 33 points in Hong Kong with a second and fourth place finishes, respectively.

Sam Smith is e-racing365’s Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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