Sutil gets suspended sentence for brawl

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM04.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 20 May 2011.

Adrian Sutil

Jan.31 (Reuters) Former Force India Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil was found guilty of bodily harm by a Munich court on Tuesday and given an 18-month suspended sentence and $260,000 fine for a night club brawl in China last year.

The German, who has yet to find a race seat this year, was found guilty of injuring Eric Lux, chief executive of Renault F1 team owners Genii Capital, in a Shanghai nightclub after the Chinese Grand Prix, Judge Christiane Thiemann said.

Lux needed stitches for a neck wound. The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus and Force India have already announced Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg as Sutil’s replacement. Sutil had told the court on the first day of proceedings on Monday 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 fine will be paid to charities.