Abt disqualified from latest FE Esports race for using a sim racer

Ross Houston
May 25, 2020

"Please ask Daniel Abt to put his Zoom next time he's driving, because like Stoffel said I'm pretty sure he wasn't in", the Frenchman said.

A Formula E driver has been disqualified and fined after an official virtual race for letting a professional gamer compete in his place.

Indeed, Vandoorne was so convinced Abt wasn't piloting his vehicle that he called his Formula E rival on his mobile during the race and the figure on Abt's Twitch stream - who was conveniently obscured throughout the race - did not move and Vandoorne's call went unanswered.


Abt had yet to score a point in the first four rounds of the series and immediately afterwards Vandoorne raised his suspicions. "That was ridiculous", he said. Hoerzing has been banned from the Race at Home series.

As a result of the incident, Abt has been fined $16,648 AUD and disqualified from the race. Abt's webcam had been on during the race, which was shown live, but the face of the driver was obscured by equipment and neither he nor Hoerzing took part in post-race interviews.

He loses those points and he is forced to make a compulsory €10,000 donation to a charity of his choice.


The German driver was supposed to join the rest of the Formula E-grid last Saturday, but afterwards it was announced that Abt did not drive the race at all.

Abt apologised for his actions in that same statement and admitted he didn't take the series as seriously as he should have. "I'm especially sorry about this, because I know how much work has gone into this project on the part of the Formula E organization", Abt said. "Of course I accept the disqualification", Abbot said in a personal message.

Abt finished third in the latest round of Formula E's Race at Home Challenge sim racing series on Saturday at Berlin's Tempelhof street circuit, but was later found to have used a stand-in professional esports racer for the event. "I am aware that my offense has a bitter aftertaste, but it was never meant with any bad intention".


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