Daniel Abt was fired from the Audio Formula E team for cheating in a virtual charity race. He hired a video game pilot to impersonate him.
Due to the coronavirus, some entertainment sectors turned to the internet to try to keep their activity alive. Such is the case of the Formula E, who for weeks has been holding virtual races in order to help her audience cope with the quarantine. However, during the last competition, organized to benefit UNICEF and its fight against COVID-19, an unexpected situation occurred that caused the dismissal of Daniel Abt, Audi driver.
In addition to being fired, Daniel Abt must pay a fine of 10,000 euros that will be donated to UNICEF
It turns out that Abt hired Lorenz Hoerzing, an 18-year-old professional video game player, to pose as him during the race. He finished in third place, but had no time to celebrate, as the organizers of the event realized the trap and disqualified him. However, the repercussions for Abt did not end, as Audi fired the pilot for violating its internal regulations. Although it was not an official competition, the automaker did not hesitate to open the door and, in addition, forced the pilot to pay a 10,000 euro fine which will be donated to UNICEF.
“Daniel Abt did not drive his car in qualifying or race the fifth event of the ‘Race at Home Challenge’ on May 23, but let a professional ‘sim-racer’ do it. He apologized the next day and accepted the disqualification, “acknowledged Audi, adding:”Integrity, transparency and constant compliance with standards They are the top priorities for Audi and apply to all activities in which the brand participates without exception. For this reason, Audi Sport has decided to suspend Daniel Abt with immediate effect. “
Abt wanted to entertain Formula E
The pilot, for his part, shared a video on YouTube to confirm his dismissal and “clarify” that it was a simple joke: “Today I was informed in a conversation with Audi that our paths are separated from now on. We will no longer race together in Formula E and the partnership ended. It is a pain that I have never felt in my life before.” Abt points out that his plan was to reveal the joke at the end of the race, however the situation was a serious breach of the team’s code of ethics.
“We had a talk and the idea came up that it would be kind of fun if a sim-racer was driving for me, to show the other drivers what he is capable of and so take the opportunity to compete against them. We wanted to document it and create a fun story for fans“concluded Abt.