Audi has decided not to appeal the disqualification of Daniel Abt from his victory in Sunday’s FIA Formula E race in Hong Kong.
The German won the second race of the double-header on the road, but was retrospectively excluded from the classification due to a mismatch between part numbers in the technical passport of the car. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler initially said it would appeal the decision that awarded victory to Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist, but has now opted to accept the stewards’ ruling.
“We took the time to carefully review all documents and processes. We gained no advantage as a result of the administrative error and all parts fully complied to homologation at all times. Still, we accept the decision of the FIA and fully back the technical passport regulations,” said team principal Allan McNish.
“Our team made a small mistake with big consequences that we owe up to. Unfortunately, that deprived Daniel of his very-deserved victory of which we can only apologize for. I’m sure we’ll see him on the podium again soon.”
Formula E’s 2017/18 season resumes Jan. 13 on the streets of Marrakesh, in North Africa.