Mahindra Racing and ABT Motorsport have withdrawn from the Cape Town ePrix following issues and concerns with the rear suspensions on their cars.
Nico Mueller, Kelvin Van der Linde, Oliver Rowland and Lucas di Grassi all failed to take to the track for qualifying, with the announcement from the team coming during the red flag period after Edoardo Mortara and Sam Bird crashed out at turn nine.
In a statement, Mahindra Racing said:
“Mahindra Racing Formula E team have confirmed their withdrawal from the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship qualifying sessions and race in Cape Town due to rear suspension safety concerns.
“A thorough investigation on the suspension elements of the Mahindra M9Electro race cars will take place on the team’s return to the UK.
“This decision also affects their customer team ABT Motorsport
“The safety of our drivers and extended teams is of utmost importance.
ABT Motorsport also posted the same statement on their social media platforms.
The Cape Town ePrix will continue with the race itself taking place later this afternoon.