Sutil: No travel issues after nightclub incident
17 December 2012 – Adrian Sutil has insisted that he will not face any travel issues if he is given a seat in Formula 1 for the 2013 season, with the German previously involved in a nightclub incident during the year in which he was dropped by Force India.
The 29-year-old was convicted of grievous bodily harm against Eric Lux (founding partner of The Genii Group) and given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 162 thousand pounds. Despite the situation, Sutil says his management has checked the situation with all countries on the F1 calendar without issue.
"We checked of course, me and my management; we checked all the countries and there's no problem for me to travel, so that's why I'm also here in Bangkok without any trouble!" Sutil said in an interview for the Race of Champions website. "All the problems I had last winter are solved, it's a new beginning."
Sutil went on to state that the decision now rests in team boss Vijay Mallya's hands, with the Indian aware of his potential after a large spell at the outfit.
"They know who I am, they know how to work with me so in the last five years we've got a lot of experience," he said. "There's nothing too much to say, it's all up to Vijay; it's Vijay's decision and hopefully he will make the right one so that I am in the car!"
If given a drive at Force India, Sutil would again join Paul di Resta as a team-mate, with the pair formerly racing alongside each other during the 2011 campaign.