Adrian Sutil has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm after an incident involving Renault's Eric Lux in a Shanghai night club last year.

The verdict was reached by a Munich court on Tuesday, with the former Force India man being given an 18-month suspended sentence. He was also fined 200,000 Euros (around ?167,000).

Lux was left nursing a neck wound after the altercation and needed 24 stitches.

Sutil, who had already apologised, reiterated on Monday that he never meant to inflict any injury and that he was sorry [see separate story - click here].

However, the prosecution was not impressed: "Pushing someone away with a glass is adventurous and not in line with our experience of life," prosecutor Nicole Selzam told the court according to Reuters. "Professional athletes play a role model function in public life and such incidents should not occur."

The fine will be paid to charities.

Sutil meanwhile has yet to confirm his plans for 2012 and with all the seats filled up - except one at HRT - a reserve/test role looks to be his only realistic option if he wants to stay in F1.

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