Sutil given 18-month suspended jail sentence
31 January 2012 – Adrian Sutil has been handed a suspended prison sentence of 18 months for grievous bodily harm. That is the decision of a Munich court on Tuesday, who heard the account of the ex Force India driver following an incident last April.
The incident in question occurred in a Shanghai discotheque on the night after last year’s Chinese Grand Prix. As well as the suspended sentence, Sutil has been issued with a fine of 200,000 euros (£165,000) which will be paid to charities.
Although the exact root of the brawl remains unknown, Eric Lux (CEO of Genii Capital, co-owner of the Lotus F1 team) was stabbed in the neck by Sutil with a broken glass. During the two-day trial, Sutil reiterated that he had intended to throw the contents of the glass but not the object itself.
Also in court, where proceedings where overseen by Judge Christiane Thiemann, Lux stated that he had demanded a face-to-face apology from Sutil in his homeland of Luxembourg. In response, Sutil claimed on Monday that he has repeatedly apologised to Lux and ‘denied it was his intention to hurt him’, according to Reuters.
The charges are likely to have a significant effect on Sutil’s Formula 1 future, which is already hanging in the balance after being dropped by Force India. It remains to be seen whether F1 governing body the FIA will withdraw his Superlicence, which is required to compete in the sport.