Confirmed: Sutil lodges appeal over punishment
8 February 2012 – Adrian Sutil is lodging an appeal following the decision to hand the former F1 driver a suspended jail sentence and hefty fine. Last week, the German was given an 18-month sentence and penalty of 200,000 euros (£165,000). However, an appeal has also been launched by the public attorney of Munich to strengthen the ruling.
Sutil was sentenced at the regional court of Munich last Tuesday, convicted for the grievous bodily harm of Eric Lux (CEO of Genii Capital, co-owner of the Lotus F1 Team) following a brawl in a Shanghai nightclub last April. At the McLaren launch on Wednesday, Lewis Hamilton – who withdrew from the trial as a witness – could not comment on the matter as McLaren claimed an appeal from Sutil was likely.
“We are convinced that this judgment is not appropriate,” Manfred Zimmermann, manager of Sutil, is quoted as saying in the German press. “There are many things that have gone against us. We are now trying to get an appropriate judgment.”
At the same time, Munich’s public prosecutor has decided to take action against the court’s judgment, believing there is sufficient evidence to increase the sentence to 21 months (suspended) and the fine to 300,000 euros (£250,000).
Sutil’s Force India seat had been taken by Nico Hülkenberg before last week’s ruling was declared; the latter will begin his Jerez test programme on Thursday.