Mitch Evans of Panasonic Jaguar Racing will now complete the top three with Rosenqvist and Mortara. Evans had originally started on the front row behind the Venturi driver, an improvement on a disappointing Saturday that saw him finish 12th.
Formula E: Mitch Evans elevated to podium
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Formula E continued its drama-filled start to the season in the second race of the Hong Kong double-header, with original winner Daniel Abt disqualified by the FIA due to a breach of Sporting and Technical regulations.
The disqualification meant New Zealand's Mitch Evans, driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, secured the team's first podium finish when he was elevated to third place.
Mitch Evans racing in Hong Kong. Picture/ Getty Images
The Audi driver who celebrated his first win on his 25th birthday was made aware of the decision several hours after the race had finished, in a decision that has annoyed fans on social media.
Abt had claimed victory ahead of Felix Rosenqvist of Mahindra Racing and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara, but the authorities made the decision to exclude his result after deciding that the barcodes in his inverter and MGU units did not match the information they had previously received from the team.
Allan McNish, Team Principal of Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, said: "Daniel (Abt) drove fantastically on both days and absolutely deserves this victory. What we are apparently suspected of is an administrative mistake in the car’s passport that didn’t give us any advantage at all.
“We want the opportunity to be able to clarify all details, that’s why we’ve announced the intent to appeal.”
“After a tough year in our first season this is great reward for the hard work of everyone in the team. Tonight we will celebrate this achievement together and then work hard to repeat it.”
The decision as it stands leaves race one winner Sam Bird leading the championship for DS Virgin Racing with 35 points. The Britain finished race two in fifth after a 10-place grid penalty saw him start the race in P14.
Reigning champion, and Adt’s teammate, Lucas Di Grassi is yet to score a point, and pre-season favourite Sebastian Buemi only has one. With six different names on the podium in two races, it appears that the series will be highly competitive with nine of the 10 teams and 15 of the 20 drivers having already scored points.