Formula E uncovers Abt imposter 'Race at Home' ruse!

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2020

Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay $18,000 fine to charity after admitting he had cheated by "having called in outside help" as he qualified second and then finished the race third.

On the digital apron of the Flughafen Tempelhof Circuit, however, Abt experienced a fresh run of form, qualifying in second place - 0.257s adrift of polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne - while going on to take third at the chequered flag after duking it out against the Belgian and eventual victor Oliver Rowland.

"I didn't take it as seriously as I should have. That was ridiculous", Vandoorne said on his Twitch stream. He was backed up by Jean-Eric Vergne, a two-times champion in real life. I know my actions feel a bit annoying, but it was never done with bad intentions.

"Please ask Daniel Abt to put his Zoom on next time he's driving, because like Stoffel said I'm pretty sure he wasn't in", the Frenchman said.

Suspicion was raised amongst his rivals when Abt's webcam was obscured throughout the race and after he failed to show up for the post-event interviews. "We all know Daniel as a fun guy and a joker", the Portuguese driver said on Twitter. According to The Race, Formula E then cross-referenced IP addresses and found it impossible for Abt to have been competing during the Berlin contest.

They concluded that Abt could not have been at the wheel and dished out punishment.

Like most sports, Formula E events had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the organization turned to virtual races using some of its drivers.

Esport racing is making a play to be taken seriously but Norris has acknowledged incidents such as these are not doing it any favours.

Vandoorne was seen calling Abt's mobile but he did not answer. Saturday's Formula E "Race At Home Challenge" supported UNICEF and brought in drivers from around the world for the cause.

The disqualification meant series leader and compatriot Pascal Wehrlein moved up from fourth to third.

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