This morning, Audi announced in a statement that, following his non-participation in Saturday’s Race At Home Challenge, Daniel Abt was suspended from driving for them.
Abt had been accused of – and then confirmed to have been and punished for – using a ‘ringer’ by getting a sim racer to stand in for him during the race. Drivers suspected at the time, due to his obscured face – get the full story in our YouTube breakdown:
Audi said in their statement this morning:
“Daniel Abt did not drive his car in qualifying and the race at the fifth event of the Race at Home Challenge on May 23 himself, but let a professional Sim-Racer do so. He directly apologized for this on the following day and accepted the disqualification. Integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules are top priorities for Audi – this applies to all activities the brand is involved in without exception. For this reason, Audi Sport has decided to suspend Daniel Abt with immediate effect.”
And here’s what everyone else has had to say – this article will be updated as reactions come in: