Sutil handed suspended 18-month sentence

    The former Force India driver has been handed the sentence over his night club brawl at the 2011 Chinese GP.

    Published On Feb 01, 2012 12:43:00 AM


    Sutil handed suspended 18-month sentence

    Adrian Sutil has been given an 18-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of bodily harm against Lotus team co-owner Eric Lux.

    On the second day of proceedings in Munich, Sutil was convicted of causing neck injuries to Lux with a champagne glass following a fight in a nightclub after last year's Chinese Grand Prix.

    In addition to the suspended sentence, Sutil was fined 200,000 euros, which will be given to charity.

    Sutil said he never intended to hurt Lux and told the court on Monday that he had done everything possible to try and bring the matter to a close. However, Lux made it clear that he had never received the face-to-face apology that he had been after.

    The conviction will be a blow to Sutil's hopes of returning to Formula 1 in the future, with the German having lost his drive at Force India to Nico Hulkenberg for this season.

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