Daniel Abt has been suspended from the Audi Formula E team after cheating in a charity esports event at the weekend.

Abt was disqualified from the online race and ordered to pay $10,000 to charity after it emerged that he organised for a professional gamer to race under his name in the official esports race.

Abt later issued an apology, saying, “I did not take it as seriously as I should have.”

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His ringer, pro gamer Lorenz Hoerzing, was disqualified from all future rounds of the separate Challenge Grid competition. Rival drivers had been suspicious about Abt’s performance during the race, with Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne raising concerns on his Twitch feed.

On Tuesday, Audi issued a statement saying Abt had been suspended from his role in the team due to his actions.

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