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Abt: Switch to Another Team ‘Not Impossible’

Daniel Abt says he is currently unclear who he’ll race for next season…

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Daniel Abt will seek a drive with an alternative team next season should his current team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler decide not to take up its option on him for 2019-20.

Abt currently has a deal which covers the current ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, which is his fifth concurrent campaign with the team.

If the option on his services for a sixth season is not taken up, Abt says he will explore alternative options in the all-electric championship.

“I don’t see [driving for another team] as something impossible,” Abt told e-racing365.

“Of course, my name is connected with Audi and I’m very proud to drive for Audi, I’ve done that all my life but there are other teams that are good, other teams that maybe look for experienced drivers.

“In the end, I have to look after myself.”

Abt has been synonymous with Audi due to long-held links with the manufacturer through the ABT Sportsline company. The 25-year-old also has full factory driver status.

Should Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler feel a need to make changes for Season Six, Abt admits that he knows some teams would not consider him for a seat.

“I don’t think BMW or Mercedes-Benz will look at me and say: ‘Oh, it’s amazing to have you with your last name,'” he said.

“I think it’s quite clear, it’s always been the case in my career. But there are some neutral teams that are not so much into this topic.”

Last year, Abt was re-signed immediately after his second Formula E race win at Berlin, and the German says he is looking to recreate similar results in the remainder of the current season.

“I know what I need to do and of course, if I win two races again, like last year, then it’s all good, but at the moment I don’t know if I’m here next year or not,” he said.

“It’s basically the same situation, it’s not for me to decide. I have to do my job.

“I think I’ve had a good season, not a spectacular season, but I’ve scored points in every race and I was in a good position until my car broke down [in Rome] which is not my fault.”

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team principal Allan McNish says the team’s current focus remains firmly on the 2018-19 campaign.

“Daniel is doing a great job,” he told e-racing365. “We are really not thinking about next season at the moment because presently it is all about Season Five.”

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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