Formula E

Stripped of Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix, Daniel Abt’s Audi team decides against appeal

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler accepts decision of FIA after technical infringement saw German driver disqualified in Sunday’s race at Central Harbourfront

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 December, 2017, 2:13pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 December, 2017, 3:39pm

Audi will not appeal against Daniel Abt’s disqualification from Sunday’s HKT Hong Kong E-Prix after reviewing documents and processes, the team said on Monday.

The German driver was initially hailed as the winner on his 25th birthday before being ruled out because FIA stickers on the inverters and motors did not match the car’s technical documentation.

Team principal Allan McNish said in a statement the team accepted they had made “a small mistake with big consequences” and apologised.

“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,” he said.

“Still, we accept the decision of the FIA and fully back the technical passport regulations.”

The incident was part of a bumpy start for Formula E’s fourth season, with Saturday’s chaotic opener halted moments after the start by a crash that blocked the track and brought out a red flag for the first time.

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The race resumed behind the safety car after a half-hour delay.

The second race also began behind the safety car after a problem with the start lights.