Formula E driver Daniel Abt uses professional gamer to compete for him in esports race
Formula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay £ 8,900 to charity to get a professional player to compete under his name in an official eSport race.
The organizers have also taken away all the points won to date by the 27 year old German in the Race at Home Challenge series.
Lorenz Horzing, who competed for Abt, finished third in Saturday’s race behind British Oliver Rowland and former Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
He later apologized.
“I didn’t take it seriously as I should have,” he said.
“I am particularly sorry for this because I know how much work has been devoted to this project by the Formula E organization. I am aware that my crime has a bitter aftertaste but was never intended with bad intentions.”
Vandoorne suspected that Abt was not driving and French driver Jean-Eric Vergne asked the German to turn on his video in the next race so that they could confirm that it was him.