Former F1 driver Franck Montagny has been suspended from motorsport competition after failing a drugs test during the second round of the FIA Formula E Championship.

The Frenchman tested positive for a cocaine substitute during the event in Putrajaya in Malaysia, Montagny opting not to request a B sample, thus assuring an immediate suspension from racing.

"Racing may be over for me", told L'equipe. "After the race, I saw the guy making a signal. I understood immediately. I knew it was over for me. I took the plane. I went shopping for two days. I didn't want to be alone at home. Then I called my parents to tell them. I was ashamed."

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Montagny, who started seven grands prix for Super Aguri in 2006, is has also established a successful career competing in sportscars - with four podium finishes in the Le Mans 24 Hours - and in American open-wheel racing.

He missed the third round of the Formula E Championship in Uruguay, citing illness at the time, with the 36 year-old now facing a significant period out of competition.

Failed drugs tests in motorsport are rare, though Tomas Enge was stripped of his Formula 3000 title in 2002 after failing a drugs test for marujana.


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I fail to understand how taking a bit of coke one night with friends make him unworthy to race...

Had he tested with high enough level to show he was high on the track that would be something else.

And what's with the cocaine substitute? Can means two things to me, either he was using something to try and quit, or was smoking crack!