Abt Sportsline GmH was founded in 1991, following Auto-Abt in Daimlerstrasse. Johann Abt, the founder of the company, made the move to motorsports with the company where they went on to win several important championships in Germany, such as; the 1999 Super Touring Car Cup, the 2002, 04, 07, 08 and 09 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and the 2009 and 10 ADAC GT Masters. 2009 was the teams best year where they went on to win with Timo Scheoder in DTM, Christian Abt in ADAC GT Masters and Daniel Abt in the ADAC Formel.
They’ve had many drivers compete with the team in various categories. You may recognise some familar names:
– Mattias Ekström
– Timo Scheider
– Tom Kristensen
– Martin Tomczyk
– Heinz-Harald Frentzen
– Allan McNish
ABT Formula E team debuted in the series first year during 2014 and 2015. The team signed on Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt. Their year started off well with di Grassi taking the first ever win in Beijing before taking second in the following race. They went on to take a further four podiums and the team took 3rd in the standings. ABT remained with their driver lineup for a second year for the 2015-16 season where they improved to second in the standings after di Grassi went on to take three wins and a further four podiums whiles Abt took three podiums. The two drivers took second in the standings for the team once more in 2016-17 where di Grassitook a further two wins and five podiums. Abt didn’t managed to take a podium however, the team still finished runner up.
The 2017 to 2018 season was the teams best season as they went on to win their one and only Formula E series. Lucas di Grassi took second four times in a row, followed by two wins and a further second to finish off their season while Abt took two wins and two further podiums. ABT went on to take second in the standings once more in 2018 to 2019 as di Grassi took the only two wins for the team and a second while Abt took two thirds.
For 2019 to 2020, the season was hindered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning many races were cancelled. Prior the races, they sat at 6th with 46 points. With Rene Rast coming in to fill Daniel Abt’s seat after an incident involving the “Race at Home” championship, it meant that they had a semi-new lineup for the finale. The races played out in Germany at the Berlin Templehof circuit and together, the team managed to pick up two podiums and several points finish, but was only able to claim 6th with 114 points. Audi finished behind Andretti who had 4 points more.
For 2021, they selected to keep di Grassi and Rast after a somewhat successful end to their season. It will be Lucas’ 7th season in the sport, whilst Rene will be making his full first year debut. They race as #11 and #33, with the Brazilian taking the first and the German taking the latter.