Daniel Abt stripped of maiden Formula E win

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The New Zealand driver benefited after the victor of race two, German Daniel Abt, was disqualified following a post-race inspection of his Audi auto.

Mahindra Racing's Felix Rosenqvist has been handed victory for the second Formula E race in Hong Kong after Daniel Abt's disqualification due to a technical rules infringement.

Rosenqvist start from pole position, drop to 11th with an uncharacteristic half-spin at the first cornerand then brilliantly work his way up to finish second across the line behind Abt after leader Edoardo Mortara also spun late in the race.

It is the third time the outfit has lost a victory through stewards decisions.

Rosberg watched on as Sam Bird of Virgin Racing took the chequered flag ahead of former Formula 1 drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Nick Heidfeld. "What we are apparently suspected of is an administrative mistake in the car's passport that didn't give us any advantage at all".

"Daniel (Abt) drove fantastically on both days and absolutely deserves this victory", says Allan McNish, Team Principal of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. "We want the opportunity to be able to clarify all details, that's why we've announced the intent to appeal".

Former F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours victor McNish was in his first weekend as a Team Principal, heading up Audi's Formula E involvement as a full works team.

New Zealand's Mitch Evans was promoted to third to give Jaguar their first podium finish in the all-electric series they joined previous year.

In a separate infringement, Audi was also fined €5000 for letting five team members walk onto the track to make their way to the podium before the final vehicle had entered "parc fermé", a "serious breach of safety regulations", according to the stewards. Previously, Lucas di Grassi was disqualified in the first ever season of Formula E and later in Mexico during the second season.



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