Formula One driver, Adrian Sutil has been sentenced to 18 months suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay $265,000 (€200,000) towards charity by a Munich court. The 29 year old German driver, who was convicted earlier this month for injuring Eric Lux, Head, Renault F1 Team (now Lotus F1) at a nightclub in Shanghai, is without a team this Formula One season.
After the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix Formula One race last year, Eric Lux and Adrian Sutil were coincidentally partying in the same Shanghai nightclub. Something went really wrong between the two F1 professionals and they were seen giving body blows to each other after a heated argument. This left Mr Lux bruised and bleeding.
At the same night club, there were others from the F1 fraternity as well, including World Champion Lewis Hamilton, but none of them were ready to comment on what went wrong that Sunday night. Sutil was immediately flown out of the country. Later in May, Mr Lux filed a complaint against Sutil in Germany.
After the incident, Sutil’s team, Force India stated, “Force India Formula One Team is aware of the statements made by both its driver, Adrian Sutil, and Mr Eric Lux of Genii Capital, pertaining to events following the Chinese Grand Prix. Although the team continues to monitor the situation, it remains fully committed to its driver line-up at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.”
While Sutil apologized saying, “I have unreservedly apologized for this. As this is a private matter, which has nothing to do with Formula One, I will make no further public comments on this subject.”