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Audi stripped of first Formula E victory because of admin issue

Audi stripped of first Formula E victory because of admin issue

Formula E continued its drama-filled start to the season in the second race of the Hong Kong double-header, with original victor Daniel Abt disqualified by the FIA due to a breach of Sporting and Technical regulations.

After taking the checkered flag in Sunday's Hong Kong ePrix, the German driver was subsequently disqualified after a post-race inspection of his vehicle revealed breaches of the sport's technical and sporting regulations. Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has notified its intent to appeal.

It is the third time the outfit has lost a victory through stewards decisions. "What we are apparently suspected of is an administrative mistake in the car's passport that didn't give us any advantage at all".

Former F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours victor McNish was in his first weekend as a Team Principal, heading up Audi's Formula E involvement as a full works team.

"That we had a strong race performance on both days is a positive", said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. Race-winner Rosenqvist also agreed with his team principal, saying, "The pole position, win and fastest lap shows that we can mount a serious challenge this year, and that we're ready to work hard and go for both championship titles".

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Rosenqvist's victory was the second of his Formula E career.

Rookie driver Edoardo Mortara moved into the lead of the race, and held on to it until just before the end. Mortara inherits second place, while Mitch Evans is promoted to the podium - Jaguar's first in the series.

If that's not all, Audi has been fined an additional 5000 Euros for a separate infringement.

Audi has also been fined 5000 Euros for a separate infringement: five Audi team members walked onto the track to get to the podium before the final vehicle had entered parc ferme, which the stewards deemed a "serious breach of safety regulations".

The next race is scheduled for January 13 in Marrakesh, Morocco.


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