The German professional driver, Daniel Abt, has been suspended by Audi for violating the rules of
the ‘Race at Home Challenge’ being hosted by the Formula E. Abt used to drive the 66-number car
for Audi, but now, remains without a team following his ban.
As per the reports, he hired the professional 18-year-old simulation racer, Lorenz Hoerzing, to race
under his name in the recent virtual race of the ‘Race at Home Challenge’ series. Many of the fellow
competitors noticed that something was erroneous. He had never finished above the 15 th place
before, but this time the race ended with him being on the third place on the chart, which raised
suspicions. Further, drivers were to be in the Zoom live conference at all times, but he was absent
throughout which added to their doubts.
He later on Sunday, 24 th May, confessed of the violation and was fined 10,000 euros. In a statement issued by the management of Audi, the authority mentioned that “integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules” is what it prioritizes the most. Abt was suspended with immediate effect after the brand gave the statement.
The real-life event of the Formula E remains under suspension following its postponement due to the outbreak of the corona virus.