Formula E driver Daniel Abbott was disqualified after finishing third in the virtual race, when he was found cheating using a stand-in driver.
Like most sports, Formula E events were canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic, but the organization turned into a virtual race using a few of its drivers. Saturday’s Formula E “Race at Home Challenge” has supported UNICEF and brought drivers around the world for drivers.
Abbott officially finished third, but second-placed Stoffel Vandurne kept him on the team, complaining of not being able to take part in the match.
“Don’t be really happy here because it was Daniel driving himself, and he messed everything up. Really ridiculous, ”Vandurn said in a twitch stream after his run.
Abbott’s face in his zoom feed was obscured by equipment and he didn’t take any post-race interviews.
Race reported that Formula E organizers found inter-referenced IP addresses and that Abbott was not behind his racing simulator cockpit during the match.
Abbott was required to pay a “compulsory grant” of 10,000 10,000 to the charity for Formula E and he apologized on Sunday morning.
“I would like to apologize to Formula E, all the fans, my team and my fellow drivers for calling for outside help during Saturday’s race. I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. I’m especially sorry about that, because I know how much work the Formula E company has done on this project. ” Of course, I accept disqualification from the race. Also, I will donate 10,000 euros to a charity project. “