Hamilton, Sutil relationship remains frosty
22 May 2013 – Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil were involved in a tense exchange of words during Wednesday's press conference in Monte-Carlo, with the pair admitting that their relationship remains strained following the fallout from a nightclub incident in 2011.
Sutil, who was charged with grievous bodily harm for attacking Genii Capital's Eric Lux with a champagne glass in a Shanghai nightclub two years ago, had asked Hamilton to stand as a witness during the trial phase, but the Briton opted not to, prompting the Force India driver to label him a "coward" and signal the start of frosty relations.
"Things are different, definitely," Hamilton said of the pair's tested rapport. "We’ve spoken a couple of times and we've planned to get together at some stage and just have a chat. We’ve been great friends for a long, long time and we've had some of the best times together along the way, especially, as you said, in Formula 3 times."
He added: "You can only really count your good friends on one hand maybe, so as people say, good friends are hard to come by. I want to make sure we get things right."
Sutil responded to the question by stating: "Well, as he [Hamilton] said, yes, [things are] different and I'm still waiting for a coming together. I can't say anything more."
Hamilton and Sutil's friendship developed when the two drivers were team-mates during the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series season, with the former claiming the title.