Adrian Sutil has decided to appeal against the ruling handed down by a German court in his GBH case just over a week ago.
The German was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to Genii Capital's Eric Lux as the result of an altercation in a Shanghai nightclub last April, and handed an 18-month suspended sentence and €200,000 fine. The appeal has been launched because the former Force India driver believes that the 'judgement was not appropriate' to the case.
"We are convinced that this judgment is not appropriate," Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann told Germany's SID
news agency, "There are many things that went against us."
The case was given added notoriety by Lewis Hamilton's inability to attend, having been called as a witness by Sutil, with whom he formed a close friendship while team-mates at ASM in F1. Sutil later called the Briton 'a coward' for not appearing in court, despite Hamilton claiming that the trial clashed with the McLaren team's 2012 launch. The 2008 world champion is likely to be called to attend any retrial.
Ironically, German news agencies report that the public prosecutor is also seeking a retrial, having claimed that the sentence handed down to Sutil fell short of what it felt was appropriate. The original request was for a 21-month sentence and €300,000 fine.