Audi de­cides against Hong Kong For­mula E appeal

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Audi will not appeal against Daniel Abt’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from Sun­day’s Hong Kong For­mula E race af­ter re­view­ing doc­u­ments and pro­cesses, the team said on Mon­day.

The Ger­man driver was ini­tially hailed as the win­ner on his 25th birth­day be­fore be­ing ruled out be­cause FIA stick­ers on the in­vert­ers and mo­tors did not match the car’s tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Team prin­ci­pal Al­lan McNish said in a state­ment that the team ac­cepted they had made “a small mis­take with big con­se­quences” and apol­o­gized.

“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,” he said.

“Still, we ac­cept the de­ci­sion of the FIA and fully back the tech­ni­cal pass­port reg­u­la­tions.”

The in­ci­dent was part of a bumpy start for For­mula E’s fourth sea­son, with Satur­day’s chaotic opener halted mo­ments af­ter the start by a crash that blocked the track and brought out a red flag for the first time.

The race re­sumed be­hind the safety car af­ter a half hour de­lay. The sec­ond race also be­gan be­hind the safety car af­ter a prob­lem with the start lights.

Four-times For­mula One world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton’s at­tempt to show an in­ter­est in the se­ries also back­fired when he posted a clip on In­sta­gram, which was sub­se­quently deleted, crit­i­ciz­ing driv­ing stan­dards.

The Bri­ton ex­pressed con­cern about former F1 driver Nick Hei­d­feld, whose car was seen fly­ing through the air af­ter a col­li­sion with French driver Ni­co­las Prost. The clip was from the very first For­mula E race in Bei­jing in 2014.

Hei­d­feld posted a jok­ing re­ply on Twit­ter from an air­port on Mon­day, thank­ing Hamil­ton and as­sur­ing him that he had landed safely and was well.

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