Formula E driver Daniel Abt has confirmed he has split with Audi completely after hiring a ringer to contest an esports race in his place at the weekend.

Abt was disqualified from Formula E’s “Stay at Home” challenge when it emerged he organised a professional racer to compete in his place. On Tuesday he was suspended by his team. Abt paid a €10,000 fine to UNICEF, who are involved in the esports series.

In a video posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday evening, Abt apologised.

“It was extremely important to me to take this opportunity here and now, to tell you how it was and what happened and to simultaneously apologise to my family, to my friends, to Audi, to my partners, to Formula E, to UNICEF, and of course to all the fans who supported me over the years, with all my hand,” Abt said in a statement. “I hope you can forgive me.”

In the 15-minute video explaining his actions, Abt said he did not take the event seriously as he did not feel it met the standards Formula E should have been striving for in a professional event.

“There were loads of accidents, everyone drove as they liked,” he