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Daniel Abt has announced that he will skip the 2020-2021 season after turning down a Formula E drive but not ceasing to return to racing in the future.

Abt was dropped by Audi mid-season after he was caught with a cheater in an official Formula E race at Home Challenge Esports in June.

It was the end of his time in the team, which began with the then Abt Schaeffler team in the first season of Formula E 2014-15 and continued when Audi turned the outfit into a factory performance before the 2017-18 season.

The 27-year-old then posted a long video on YouTube claiming the stunt was « funny » and had always intended to let the public know that professional sim racing driver Lorenz Hoerzing was in his place the virtual world drove event.

After leaving Audi, the German driver with NIO 333 got a second chance for the last six races of the season in Berlin, as the team-nominated driver Ma Qing Hua was unable to travel to Germany due to coronavirus-induced trips.

However, Abt was not named in the NIO line-up for the 2020-21 season, as the Chinese squad hired former Andretti / Jaguar driver Tom Blomqvist to partner with reigning Oliver Turvey.

In a video message on YouTube, Abt confirmed that he would not compete in any racing category next year, but seemed to rule out an early retirement from motorsport.

« I won’t be in a racing car next year, at least not in an official racing series – certainly in a different racing car, » said Abt. « But that’s okay with me.

« This is not meant to be a farewell to motorsport. Or a farewell to the race. For me this is the right way at the moment. I’m looking forward to it.

« I am super motivated and especially grateful that I was able to pull myself out of this depression. You can’t do this alone. You can do that with great people around you with a great team who and who I’ve had in motorsport series all years.

« I had an offer from a team to start Formula E Season 7, but I personally decided against it. I’ve decided to do another job that I think I’ll have a lot of fun with as I’ll still be part of Formula E Season 7, but not as a driver. I’ll be there for SAT 1 which will cover the races from this season onwards. I will be a TV expert and co-commentator. It’s a great job for me. « 

Abbot suffered a high-speed accident while training in Mexico in February, in which he had to go to a hospital for a check-up. On the same day he contested the race.

The 27-year-old said his « world was completely torn apart » when Audi announced its decision to oust him from Formula E, leaving him in a situation where he « didn’t know how to proceed should « or » what will happen afterwards « .

« It’s been a crazy year for everyone with everything that’s happening in the world, » said Abbot.

« It was a very intense year especially for me. At the beginning of the year I had the worst accident of my career when the car suddenly accelerated at full throttle and threw me directly into the wall at 200 km / h.

« Everything else didn’t go well either. It’s been a bad year. The atmosphere wasn’t great. Then came the lock. And with that came the sim racing scandal. My world was completely torn apart as a result, I have to say.

« The scale was so extreme. From that « I feel good and I’m in a good position » it went all the way downhill, steeper than any roller coaster I’ve been on before. I was fired from Audi. Everything I had tried to build in 20 years was gone. « 

During his six seasons in Formula E, Abt achieved two race wins and a top fifth place in the 2017-18 championship standings.

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