Daniel Abt will return to the all-electric Formula E sequence with the Nio 333 workforce for the ultimate six races of the season in Berlin after being sacked by Audi in May for an esports controversy.
The 27-year-old German misplaced his real-world drive after he let a gamer take his place, with out the remainder of the sphere realizing, in an official Formula E “Race at Home Challenge” occasion.
Abt, a winner in Berlin in 2018, will change Chinese driver Ma Qinghua alongside British driver Oliver Turvey on the Chinese-owned workforce within the season finale behind closed doorways on the outdated Tempelhof airport subsequent month.
China-based Ma, who has but to attain any factors this season, has been dominated out by journey restrictions ensuing from the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the saying goes within the japanese world, ‘A prodigal who returns is extra treasured than gold,’” mentioned workforce boss Vincent Wang in an announcement on Wednesday welcoming Abt “with open arms.”
“The controversies surrounding him through the Race at Home Challenge reached fairly a excessive degree and can convey two reverse opinions,” he added.
“In the tip, after discussing with some key figures of the paddock, now we have determined to present Daniel a possibility to return to Formula E.”
Abt mentioned he would take a look at the Nio automotive in Britain this month.
“I’ve competed in each race in Formula E’s historical past and I’ve been working with a number one producer for the final three years. Therefore, I’ve a whole lot of expertise and enter for the workforce,” he mentioned.