Daniel Abt: Audi suspends star after 18-year-old gamer raced under the name of a Formula E driver in an esports event

Abt participated in the “Race at Home” competition, which raised funds for UNICEF. coronavirus aid fund.

After it was revealed that he did not drive his own car in qualifying and the fifth race of the series on Saturday, May 23, Abt apologized and was disqualified from the race, as well as being fined 10,000 euros ($10,956).

“Honesty, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable regulations are top priorities for Audi – this applies to all activities in which the brand is involved, without exception.” – Audi said in a statement.
Abt celebrates its third place behind the ePrix in Paris, France in 2019.
Abt’s driving was initially suspected after the 27-year-old German qualified second and finished third in the actual race. race without scoring a single point in the first four rounds of the series.
“I didn’t really like it here because Daniel didn’t drive the car himself and he ruined everything. It was funny,” said former F1 driver Stoffel Vandornen on his Twitch stream. “I wonder if Daniel was really in the car.”
“Please ask Daniel Abt to turn on Zoom the next time he drives, because as Stoffel said, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t,” two-time FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne. said.
After the study Sunday’s Formula E, which included an IP address check, concluded that Abt could not have been driving.
The gamer who replaced Abt widely reported be 18-year-old Lorenz Herzing, who competes in the FE Challenge series, a parallel championship for esports athletes. CNN reached out to Herzing through his Allied esports team for comment, but received no response as of press time.

Shortly thereafter, Abt issued an apology in which he accepted his disqualification.

“I would like to apologize to Formula E, all the fans, my team and my fellow drivers for calling outside help during Saturday’s race,” said Abt, who promised to provide more information on the story at a later date. Tuesday.

“I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. I know my resentment is bitter, but it was never done with any ill intent.”