Daniel Abt, fired from Audi Formula E team, finds seat with Nio

Daniel Abt will return to the all-electrical Method E sequence with the Nio 333 workforce for the ultimate 6 races of the period in Berlin following getting sacked by Audi in May well for an esports controversy.

The 27-calendar year-outdated German shed his genuine-earth push following he permit a gamer acquire his location, without having the rest of the discipline understanding, in an formal Method E “Race at Residence Obstacle” function.

Abt, a winner in Berlin in 2018, will swap Chinese driver Ma Qinghua together with British driver Oliver Turvey at the Chinese-owned workforce in the period finale powering shut doors at the outdated Tempelhof airport next thirty day period.

China-centered Ma, who has yet to score any factors this period, has been dominated out by vacation constraints ensuing from the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the expressing goes in the japanese earth, ‘A prodigal who returns is more treasured than gold,'” mentioned workforce boss Vincent Wang in a statement on Wednesday welcoming Abt “with open arms.”

“The controversies bordering him during the Race at Residence Obstacle achieved very a large amount and will convey two reverse viewpoints,” he extra.

“In the end, following talking about with some vital figures of the paddock, we have determined to give Daniel an chance to return to Method E.”

Abt mentioned he would test the Nio car in Britain this thirty day period.

“I have competed in each and every race in Method E’s history and I have been working with a main manufacturer for the last three years. As a result, I have a good deal of working experience and input for the workforce,” he mentioned.

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