Audi will not appeal over Abt's exclusion
4 December 2017 – Audi has announced that it will not appeal Daniel Abt's exclusion from victory in the second race of Formula E's season-opening double-header in Hong Kong.
Abt claimed his maiden series win on his 25th birthday, having capitalised on Felix Rosenqvist's early spin and long-time leader Edoardo Mortara's late mistake.
However, a few hours after the race, stewards disqualified Abt for a breach of technical regulations, relating to barcodes inside his car.
"The FIA security stickers (barcodes) on the inverter and MGU units did not correspond with those declared on the Technical Passport provided by the competitor," explained the stewards.
Audi had notified its intention to appeal Abt's exclusion, but will no longer do so.
"We took the time to carefully review all documents and processes," said Team Principal Allan McNish.
"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 apologise for.
"I am sure we will see him on the podium again soon."