The pilot of the virtual Formula E race cheated on everyone. Now he will be disqualified from the competition, and the driver will pay a fine of 10,000 euros for the forgery. About it writes Reuters.
German rider Daniel Abt from the Audi team was at the center of a huge scandal. He asked a professional gamer, 18-year-old Lorenz Herzing, to replace him on the Berlin Tempelhof virtual circuit. Formula E has not yet explained exactly how the deception occurred. However, the-race.com virtual racing organizer said the mechanism was discovered very simply. By comparing the IP addresses of Abt and Herzing, the organizers determined that the race was conducted from the IP of the latter. In addition, they were alerted by the appearance of the rider – under the equipment his face was not visible during the broadcast in Zoom, and the traditional beard of Abt was missing. The driver also did not answer the calls of the organizers.
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Abt apologized to the participants and organizers but still was deprived of all points. Herzing befell the same. Instead of the disqualified Abt, the third place at the top of the race was also taken by the German Pascal Wehrlein.
Formula E raises funds through its own online championship to combat the effects of coronavirus. After the recognition of Abt, the third position in the top of the race was taken by his compatriot Pascal Wehrlein, who before that was fourth. The first place in the races on the virtual track was taken by the British Oliver Rowland on Nissan, the Belgian Stoffel Vandorn on Mercedes took second place.