Sutil considers ‘something different’ after conviction
31 January 2012 – Adrian Sutil has acknowledged that his Formula 1 career could be over, having been handed an 18-month suspended jail sentence and a fine of 200,000 euros (£165,000) on Tuesday. This follows a nightclub clash in April 2011 after which Eric Lux (CEO of Genii Capital, co-owner of the Lotus F1 team) required 24 stitches.
“Maybe I will take some time out now,” Sutil told Reuters when leaving the court in Munich. “Maybe I will do something completely different, think about things in peace. At least I shook Mr Lux's hand - that's a good thing,”
When referring to the incident, prosecutor Nicole Selzam explained that Sutil’s sentence has been constructed with his profession in mind:
“Pushing someone away with a glass is adventurous and not in-line with our experience of life. Professional athletes play a role model function in public life and such incidents should not occur.”
Sutil has already been replaced at Force India by German compatriot Nico Hülkenberg, who steps up from the role of reserve driver to join Paul di Resta. The reserve place is now occupied by Ferrari protégé Jules Bianchi.
Sutil given 18-month suspended jail sentence