Abt loses Formula E win due to disqualification

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Monday 4th December, 2017 - 9:34am

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Daniel Abt

Felix Rosenqvist has been reclassified as the Formula E Race 2 winner due to a technical infringement by original race winner Daniel Abt.

Abt claimed an unlikely victory which was taken away post-race when it was found that the FIA security stickers on his car’s inverter and MGU units did not match those on its technical passport.

The German, whose win was his first in Formula E, was disqualified.

The sanction is under appeal to the FIA International Court of Appeal.

Abt had crossed the finish line in first position after previous leader Edoardo Mortara spun while chasing the bonus point for the fastest lap late in the race.

Felix Rosenqvist

Ironically, Rosenqvist himself had also thrown away the race lead when he spun at the first corner after the field was released from the Safety Car which started the race.

The post-race upheaval means that New Zealander Mitch Evans and Jaguar earn their first podiums in Formula E.

“I’m proud to secure Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first podium in Formula E,” said Evans.

“It’s bittersweet as Daniel is a good guy and a mate of mine.

“After a tough year in our first season, this is a great reward for the hard work of everyone in the team.”

Abt plummets from the championship lead to eighth due to his disqualification, with Race 1 winner Sam Bird now top of the table.

Race 3 of the season takes place in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 13.

Race results: Race 2, Hong Kong

Pos Num Driver Team Race time/Split
1 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 50:05.084 (45 laps)
2 4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team +7.031
3 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +10.619
4 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah +12.593
5 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing +12.879
6 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +14.199
7 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team +15.676
8 8 Nico Prost Renault e.dams +18.905
9 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing +19.025
10 9 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams +22.139
11 28 António Félix da Costa MS&AD Andretti Formula E +23.359
12 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing +27.904
13 18 André Lotterer Techeetah +28.591
14 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +39.137
15 7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +55.189
16 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing +1 lap
17 27 Kamui Kobayashi MS&AD Andretti Formula E +1 lap
18 6 Neel Jani Dragon Racing +1 lap
DNF 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
DNF 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team

Championship points: After Race 2

Pos Driver Pts
1 Sam Bird 35
2 Jean-Éric Vergne 33
3 Felix Rosenqvist 29
4 Edoardo Mortara 24
5 Nick Heidfeld 15
6 Mitch Evans 15
7 Nelson Piquet Jr. 12
8 Daniel Abt 11
9 António Félix da Costa 8
10 Oliver Turvey 8
11 Maro Engel 6
12 Alex Lynn 6
13 Nico Prost 6
14 Luca Filippi 1
15 Sébastien Buemi 1
16 André Lotterer 0
17 Lucas di Grassi 0
18 Kamui Kobayashi 0
19 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 0
20 Neel Jani 0

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