In an unexpected turn of events, the winner of the second Formula E Hong Kong ePrix race, Daniel Abt, has been disqualified by the FIA for breaching sporting and technical regulations.
The Audi driver, who thought he had secured 25 points on his 25th birthday, found out a few hours after the race that he had been stripped of the win. After thinking he had achieved something magnificent, it must have been quite a blow to receive the news that his win was now void.
Abt was disqualified because of an administrative error made by team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. They explained that “the Technical Stewards had noted a mismatch between part numbers in the technical passport and the car. The exclusion from the classification was made even though the parts are identical and all fully correspond to homologation.”
The fact that the parts were identical make Abt being excluded from the race frustrating. As a result of Daniel being removed from the results, Mahindra Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist, who thought had captured second place, was moved into the top spot with Edoardo Mortara taking second and Mitch Evans awarded third place.
Shortly after news of Daniel Abt’s disqualification came to light, Audi made it known that they would be appealing the decision to disqualify their driver, however, they later decided against appealing and accepted the decision made by the FIA.
After this devastating series of events, I’m sure the team at Audi will take extra care in making sure that a small administrative mistake like this doesn’t happen again. It was a small error that ended up having a big impact. It can’t have been an easy pill to swallow, especially at the start of the season.
Following the drama, the overall driver standings have Sam Bird sitting in first place with 35 points, Jean-Eric Vergne in second place with 33 points, and Felix Rosenqvist in third with 29 points. As for the team standings, Mahindra racing is sitting in the top spot with 44 points, DS Virgin Racing is in second with 41 points, and Techeetah is in third with 33 points.
After such an action-packed weekend of racing, I’m already excited to see what happens in race three which is set to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco on 13th January 2018.