In this month’s Motor Sport Magazine, Audi’s Formula E team boss, Allan McNish says that Abt’s departure will have a “big impact” on the team during the Templehof Airport races in August.
Audi quickly separated itself from the German driver once evidence of the deception emerged, saying that its drivers were expected to act with integrity. Abt released an emotional video where he apologised, saying: “I feel like I couldn’t fall any deeper. But I will get up again, I will come back.”
That moment has now come at his home races, where the 27-year-old will partner Oliver Turvey.
Abt’s record includes a win, pole position and fastest lap in the Season Four Templehof race. A repeat is unlikely, given Nio 333 have not scored any points in the championship so far this season.
“I have a lot of experience and input for the team,” said Abt. “I will do everything I can to achieve results together with Oliver.”
Abt described his virtual race driver swap as a “mistake”. “I took full responsibility for it,” he said.
“Now it is time for me to look forward and go back to what I love most: RACING. Therefore, I am very grateful for the opportunity and the trust NIO 333 is giving me.
“The opportunity to race in the final 6 races, my home races, and continue my record of completing in every single Formula E race is very exciting.
“For me it is not about revenge as I have no hard feelings towards anyone. I just want to do the best I can for the team and help the team to have a good finish to the season.”
Abt said that it was too early to say whether his would continue with NIO 333 next season. He will test the car later this month in Britain, ahead of the first Berlin race on August 5.