Abt started his karting career in 2003 where he went on to win his first championship the following year in the 2004 Bambini A ADAC Kart Cup. Daniel went on to take second in the 2005 and third in the 2006 season of the ICA Junior Southern German ADAC Kart Cup. He went on to then take second in the 2007 KF2 ADAC Kart Masters. In 2008, Daniel graduated to the ADAC Formel Masters where he raced with Team Abt Sportsline for two years. In his first year, he took 3 podiums and finished 8th. In his second year, 2009, he took 10 podiums out of 16 races, where 8 of them were wins, and finished the championship in first. He also competed in two races of the GermanFormula 3 Championship with Performance Racing but didn’t qualify for a championship position.
He returned to the German Formula 3 Championship in 2010 with Van Amersfoort Racing for the full season where he took 10 podiums, of which 2 were wins, and proceeded to place second in the standings. He also competed in the Macau Grand Prix that same year with signature. Abt made his return to the Macau Grand Prix with Signature in 2011 but didn’t finish once again. He stuck with Signature for the rest of 2011, competing full time in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He took 4 podiums and finished 7th with 150 points. He also raced in the Masters of Formula 3 where he finished 6th. Abt continued to race a further 8 races in the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy where he placed 4th. Daniel returned back to Macau with Carlin for 2012 and managed to finish 12th. That same year, he competed full time in his rookie year of the GP3 Series with Lotus GP. Daniel took two wins and a further five podiums and finished runner up in the championship. He went on to race in 6 races of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Tech 1 Racing where he finished 34th and three races with Van Amersfoort Racing in the German Formula 3 Championship where he took one podium and 14th in the standings.
Daniel graduated to the GP2 Series in 2013 where he joined ART Grand Prix for his rookie year. He managed 11 points and 22nd in the standings. He stuck with the championship for 2014 where he joined Hilmer Motorsport to take 27 points and finishing 16th. He proceeded to make the change to endurance in 2015 when he joined Rebellion Racing for the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He managed to take 28th in the championship and 18th in Le Mans. Abt made the move to ADAC GT Masters with Bentley Team ABT in 2016 where he took a podiums and 19th in the standings. In that same year, he also competed with C. Abt Racing in the 24H Series.
FIA Formula E
Abt debuted in the FIA Formula E in the 2014 to 2015 season with Audi Sport ABT where he took a single podium and 11th in the standings. From there, he stuck with the team for the 2015 to 2016 season where he took 3 podiums to finish 7th. Daniel stuck with the team for a third year in 2016 for the season were he finished 8th. He secured his first win during the 2017 to 2018 season where he took two wins and two more podiums to finish 5th in the standings. Abt took a further two podiums during the 2018 to 2019 season where he finished 7th.
Daniel remains with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler for the 2019 to 2020 season where he currently sits at 17th in the standings. He races alongside his team mate Lucas di Grassi.
During the Race At Home Challenges because of Covid-19, Abt brought a sim racer to the grid instead of racing himself. This meant he lost his seat in Audi, however Nio picked him up after Ma Qing Hua was unable to arrive to the grid for the revised calendar.