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Abt keeps Formula E Berlin pole after investigation

Berlin E-Prix – Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver Daniel Abt keeps his pole position after being investigated post-qualifying.

The German was investigated for breaching Article 33.3, which concerns conduct during qualifying. He was charged with switching into the full power 200kW mode, which cannot be done before the third sector, too early during his run in group qualifying.

Abt has been reprimanded but no penalty was given as he was deemed not to have gained any advantage from what was deemed to be a driver error.

His Audi team stated that they never expected any penalty to be given as it had done nothing it hadn’t done in previous races.

Abt will start on pole ahead of NIO’s Oliver Turvey, championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, Dragon’s Jerome D’Ambrosio and reigning champion Lucas di Grassi.

Abt was excluded from the second Hong Kong race at the beginning of the season shortly after taking his maiden win, as he was running parts that were not homologated by the FIA.

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Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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