Daniel Abt has lost his ninth place finish in the Beijing ePrix due to a time penalty, handing Robin Frijns 10th place and a point on his Formula E debut.
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Abt was deemed to have made an unsafe release from his mandatory pit stop, having a 10 second penalty retrospectively applied to his race time.
This dropped him to 11th place behind Andretti driver Frijns, who was promoted to 10th, while Venturi’s Stephane Sarrazin was promoted from 10th on the road to ninth position.
Frijns had been forced to relinquish 10th at the final corner when he realised he was close to exceeding his maximum usuable energy.
The ex-Formula Renault 3.5 champion elected to back off rather than receive a penalty for exceeding his power, and thought a debut point was lost until Abt’s penalty.
The Beijing race was won in dominant fashion by Renault eDAMS driver Sebastien Buemi.