Formula E driver suspended after gamer raced under driver’s name in esports event

Abt had been taking part in the 'Race at Home Challenge' which raised funds for the UNICEF coronavirus relief fund.After being found not to have driven his car himself in the qualifying and fifth race of the series on Saturday, May 23, Abt apologized and was disqualified from the race as well as being fined 10,000 euros ($10,956).Audi has now suspended the driver "with immediate effect.""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," Audi said in a statement.READ: Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the seasonSuspicions were initially aroused about Abt's driving after the 27-year-old German qualified in second place and finished third in the actual race having not scored a point in the first four rounds of the series."Really not happy here because that was not Daniel driving the car himself, and he messed up everything. That was ridiculous," said former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoornen on his Twitch stream. "I'm questioning if it was really Daniel in the car.""Please ask Daniel Abt to put his Zoom on next time he's driving, because like Stoffel said, I'm pretty sure he wasn't in," two-time FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne said.Following an investigation by Formula E on Sunday, which included IP address verification, it was concluded that Abt could not have been behind the wheel.The gamer who replaced AbtRead More – Source

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