LONDON (Reuters) – Daniel Abt parted company with the Audi Formula E team on Tuesday after letting a professional gamer impersonate him in an official esports race.
FILE PHOTO: Motor Racing – Formula E – Berlin E-Prix – Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany – May 19, 2018 Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo
The manufacturer had earlier suspended the German driver after the weekend cheating controversy.
“Today I was informed in a conversation with Audi that our ways will split from now on, we won’t be racing together in Formula E any more and the cooperation has ended,” he said in a 15-minute video on YouTube.
The 27-year-old denied seeking any sporting gain in Saturday’s fifth round of the all-electric series’ virtual ‘Race at Home Challenge’ and said he had simply wanted “to create a funny story for the fans”.
He said what happened had been openly discussed beforehand on his Twitch live stream…
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