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Felix Rosenqvist handed System E win in Hong Kong after Daniel Abt disqualified

Felix Rosenqvist handed System E win in Hong Kong after Daniel Abt disqualified

For Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler driver Daniel Abt, celebrating his birthday along with his first ever win within the FIA System E Championship Sunday in Hong Kong appeared too good to be true.

Because it turned out for the 25-year-old German driver, that was exactly the case.

Having scored the victory forward of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist and Venturi System E’s Edoardo Mortara within the ultimate moments of the race, Abt proceeded to have fun his victory on the rostrum saying, “this type of stuff by no means occurs to me…however it occurred right now.”

However because the crowds dispersed and the celebrations got here to a detailed, Audi Sport got here underneath investigation from the FIA. The motorsport’s governing physique disqualified Abt from Spherical Two after discovering that his automotive’s elements did not match up. The Stewards stated there was a mismatch between half numbers within the technical passport and the automotive. The group later stated that they may enchantment, and that they really feel the infraction was made though the elements are an identical, and all absolutely correspond to the rules.

“Daniel (Abt) drove fantastically on each days and completely deserves this victory,” stated Allan McNish, Crew Principal of Crew Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. “What we’re apparently suspected of is an administrative mistake within the automotive’s passport that didn’t give us any benefit in any respect. We wish the chance to have the ability to make clear all particulars, that’s why we’ve introduced the intent to enchantment.”

“That we had a powerful race efficiency on each days is a optimistic,” stated Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “But it surely goes with out saying that we had a considerably completely different thought of Sunday evening.”

The disqualification gave the win to Rosenqvist who began on pole.

“There’s been quite a lot of ups-and-downs all weekend, however I’m pleased with taking away 29 factors — for pole, profitable the race and quickest lap — it’s quite a lot of factors,” Rosenqvist stated. “However I really feel sorry for Daniel as effectively, he received the race on monitor, however I don’t know the rationale. It’s not the way in which you wish to win and I don’t really feel like I’ve received the race. However I’m pleased with the factors. Generally you’re comfortable and then you definately’re unhappy, like yesterday we had been in P15 and turned it round – getting quickest lap however it bought taken away, so there’s been lots like that however I’ll take most factors and third within the championship.”

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Gallery: System E Hong Kong E-Prix, Sunday December three, 2017

Following up in second place was Mortara, who led the race for 23 laps earlier than blowing his possibilities of a victory within the ultimate laps. Feeling overconfident, Mortara blasted into Flip 2 solely to lock up the again wheels and spin, permitting Abt and Rosenqvist to move.

“It is tough to search out the phrases after a race like that,” stated Mortara. “I needed an excessive amount of and I made a silly mistake… I ought to have simply gone for the win,” he stated in a candid post-race interview.

But it surely wasn’t all dangerous, particularly not for Mitch Evans who — following Abt’s disqualification — crept onto the rostrum, bringing Jaguar Racing its first trophy since September 2002.

Having been so near his second championship title final season, Sebastien Buemi, who scored just one level all weekend and solely after being moved as much as 10th because of the Abt disqualification, was dissatisfied.

“There’s nothing extra to say, it has been a really dangerous weekend for us. Having claimed all three group championship titles since System E’s inaugural season in 2014, it could seem the French producer group has misplaced its edge,” Buemi stated. “I haven’t got confidence within the automotive or the group – ultimately, we weren’t fast sufficient and that is the largest drawback. We have to perceive why we weren’t fast, what triggered the [mechanical] drawback and what we have to do earlier than Marrakesh.”

Behind Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth with Saturday’s Spherical 1 winner Sam Chook coming house fifth.

The subsequent System E race is within the Moroccan metropolis of Marrakesh on Jan. 13.

Felix Rosenqvist

The subsequent System E race is within the Moroccan metropolis of Marrakesh on Jan. 13. Picture by LAT Photographic

Provisional Race Outcomes Spherical 2 2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix

(The consequence stays provisional topic to an enchantment to the FIA Worldwide Court docket of Attraction by Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, towards the stewards’ resolution to disqualify Abt from the occasion)

1 – Felix Rosenqvist

2 – Edoardo Mortara

three – Mitch Evans

four – Jean-Eric Vergne

5 – Sam Chook

6 – Oliver Turvey

7 – Maro Engel

eight – Nico Prost

9 – Alex Lynn

10 – Sebastien Buemi

11 – Antonio Felix da Costa

12 – Nelson Piquet Jr.

13 – Andre Lotterer

14 – Lucas di Grassi

15 – Jerome D’Ambrosio

16 – Nick Heidfeld

17 – Kamui Kobayashi

18 – Neel Jani

DNF – Luca Filippi

DSQ – Daniel Abt

Driver standings

Sam Chook, DS Virgin Racing – 35

Jean-Eric Vergne, TECHEETAH – 33

Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing – 29

Edoardo Mortara, Venturi System E – 24

Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing – 15

Crew standings

Mahindra Racing – 44

DS Virgin Racing – 41

TECHEETAH – 33

Venturi System E Crew – 30

Panasonic Jaguar Racing – 27

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler – 11

NIO System E Crew – 9

Andretti System E – eight

Renault e.dams – 7

DRAGON – zero

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