After being disqualified from the Race at Home Formula E Challenge for using a stand in, Audi driver Daniel Abt has been suspended by his team.
Abt used a Sim Racer from the Pro race to stand in for him in the Formula E race and was disqualified and asked to pay a $10,000 fine to a charity of his choice.
Audi said in a statement: “Daniel Abt did not drive his car in qualifying and the race at the fifth event of the Race at Home Challenge on May 23 himself, but let a professional sim-racer do so, he directly apologised for this on the following day and accepted the disqualification.
“Integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules are top priorities for Audi – this applies to all activities the brand is involved in without exception.
“For this reason, Audi Sport has decided to suspend Daniel Abt with immediate effect.”
Abt has driven for Audi since Season 1 being teammate to Lucas Di Grassi and winning two races in 2018.
He has had a long relationship with Audi and is popular in the Formula E paddock but came under a lot of criticism for his actions over the weekend, particularly because the event was for charity.
He issued an apology straight away.
If Season 6 is to continue, Audi will need to find a new driver to complete the season.
Mattia Drudi and Kelvin Van Der Linde both tested for Audi at the in season test at Marrakesh before the season went on hold.