Abt misplaced his drive final month after permitting sim racer Lorenz Hoerzing take his place for the digital Berlin E-Prix in FE’s Race at House Problem Esports collection, which raised cash for youngsters’s charity UNICEF.
In an announcement, the 27-year-old defined that no cash had modified fingers and that the “enormous mistake” was not meant to make him look higher within the Esports enviornment.
It’s understood that he was on a rolling 12-month contract and that Audi’s DTM exit would have elevated competitors for drives, with two-time collection champion Rene Rast – who is because of check a Components E automobile subsequent month – additionally throughout the Audi fold.
Abt’s greatest season in FE got here in 2017-18, the final with the first-generation automobile, when he scored two wins in Mexico and Berlin to complete fifth within the standings.
His solely factors of the present marketing campaign got here from a sixth place end within the second race of the 12 months in Diriyah.
Di Grassi and Abt had been teammates since FE’s inaugural 2014/15 season previous to Audi becoming a member of the collection as a full works entry forward of the 2017/18 season and had been the one driver pairing to stay unchanged till Abt misplaced his drive final month.
Chatting with Motorsport.com, 2016/17 champion Di Grassi described Abt as an “underestimated” driver and worthy of a seat elsewhere within the collection.
“I’m actually going to overlook Daniel within the group and I believe he has the expertise and the capability to be on the Components E grid and nonetheless have good outcomes,” he mentioned.
“We had been in different profession levels after we first met and we began driving in Components E.
“Daniel was coming from Components 2, I used to be coming from sportscars after F1, I’m seven years older so I used to be extra skilled and he realized rather a lot from me.
“He turned an excellent driver whereas driving with us, he undoubtedly deserves to be on the Components E grid as a driver and I believe folks underestimated his potential.
“He’s very gifted, has an excellent velocity and in the previous couple of years of the championship I believe he was extraordinarily aggressive, so he undoubtedly must be there.”
Di Grassi added that their six years collectively had “ups and downs like several marriage”, however defined that they “developed a great relationship”, regardless of considerations when he joined the Abt Sportsline group in 2014 that his teammate would obtain preferential therapy.
“Once I joined the group I used to be a bit nervous that due to his surname, he can be most popular within the group,” Di Grassi admitted.
“However even when it was all run by Abt, the group behaved in a really skilled method and the principle goal was to win no matter whether or not it was me or Daniel.
“He was a great teammate, we by no means had large fights throughout the group.”