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"When I drove this race on Saturday, the other drivers reacted to it of course and realised that there was something odd".
Abt insisted he had not tried to cover up the ruse and was shocked by the reaction.
Daniel Abt has issued an apology after he admitted to using a stand-in driver for Saturday's Formula E Race at Home Challenge. Some drivers take it seriously, he said, but others are more focused on putting on a good show.
But Audi Sport wasn't prepared to let its driver off the hook. On Sunday Abt, who's been a Formula-E driver since 2014, was disqualified, stripped of his points and ordered to pay a €10,000 euro fine to charity.
Audi said in an earlier statement that "integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules" were top priorities.
"This applies to all activities the brand is involved in without exception", the carmaker said. That's backfired, with partisan actions by IndyCar drivers crashing into F1 drivers in invitational events to stop them winning, or racist remarks from NASCAR drivers, with varying backlash and punishments doled out.
The Portuguese driver's tweet was later deleted.
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Vandoorne was supported by the two-time FE champion Jean-Eric Vergne.
The Frenchman's tweet was also later deleted.
Formula E did not explain how the deception had happened but the-race.com website said organisers had cross-referenced the IP addresses of competitors and realised Abt, who had qualified in second, could not have been at the wheel.
In response, da Costa posted his support for Catsburg's comments, saying: "I guess streaming is done for me too".
"I feel like I couldn't fall any further".
24 May 2019, Berlin: Motorsport: Preview Formula E Championship, E-Prix 2019, race at Tempelhof Airport.
"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 added.
The Challenge Grid is made up "gamers and influencers" competing for a prize of real-life track time in a Formula E vehicle at a race weekend.