1 Feb 2012

Sutil ponders future after GBH conviction

11:42 am on 1 February 2012

The former Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil is considering his future after receiving an 18-month suspended sentence and 200,000 euro ($NZ 317,000) fine for causing grievous bodily harm in a Shanghai night club brawl last year.

Sutil was found guilty of injuring Eric Lux, the chief executive of Renault F1 team owners, after the Chinese Grand Prix last April.

Lux needed several stitches for a neck wound after Sutil injured him with a champagne glass.

The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus while Force India have already announced Germany's Nico Hulkenberg as Sutil's replacement.

Sutil had told the court that he had repeatedly apologised to Lux and denied it was his intention to hurt him but rather to throw a drink in his face.

The prosecution, however, had asked for a 21-month sentence and a 300,000 euro fine, saying that as a professional athlete Sutil should not have acted that way.

The fine will be paid to charities.

The court had also wanted to hear from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who won the race in China and was in the night club at the time, but the 2008 world champion was excused due to team commitments.