Audi turns down appeal over Abt disqualification in ‘small mistake’

Audi will not appeal against Daniel Abt’s disqualification from the second race of the 2017-17 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, denying the German his maiden win in the series due to the stewards review.

Abt secured a first victory in Formula E after a late spin by Edoardo Mortara but both of his cars were deemed to have broken the technical regulations with FIA security barcodes not corresponding with its entry’s MGU units on his Technical Passport.

As a result, Abt’s results were excluded from the race to see Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist declared the winner with Mortara second and Jaguar’s Mitch Evans taking the team’s maiden Formula E podium.

Despite declaring its intension to appeal the decision after the race, Audi has released a statement to confirm it will not appeal despite “gaining no advantage as a result of the administrative error”. The team explains the error was made in an accidently mix-up of barcode stickers which it wasn’t aware of in the race.

“Audi has decided not to appeal against the disqualification of Daniel Abt in Hong Kong,” a team statement read. “The German had won the Formula E race on Sunday but was retrospectively excluded from the classification due to a mismatch between part numbers in the technical passport of the car. Consequently, Abt loses his first Formula E victory.”

“We took the time to carefully review all documents and processes,” Audi team principal, Allan McNish, said. “We gained no advantage as a result of the administrative error and all parts fully complied to homologation and the technical regulations at all times.

“Still, we accept the decision of the FIA and fully back the technical passport regulations. Our team made a small mistake with big consequences that we own up to, unfortunately that deprived Daniel of his very deserved victory of which we can only apologize for. I am sure we will see him on the podium again soon.”