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Sutil drops conviction appeal

Adrian Sutil says he won't appeal against his conviction for grievous bodily harm
Adrian Sutil has withdrawn his appeal against a conviction for assault according to reports in the German media.

The former Force India driver had been found guilty of grievous bodily harm back in January in relation to an incident involving Lotus F1's Eric Lux in a Shanghai nightclub during the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

The German was handed a suspended jail term and a hefty fine, with his legal team revealing immediately after the judgement was passed that it intended to launch an appeal against the decision.

Now however, Bild-Zeitung has revealed that Sutil and his team have decided to drop the appeal with all parties involved having agreed to put the incident firmly in the past.

"I am very happy that I have been able to express myself to Eric Lux and don't have to go to court again,” Sutil said. “I don't want to have to go through another year like the one past. The topic is finished and I want to resume doing what I do best as quickly as possible - racing in Formula One."

Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann also welcomed the fact that the matter has now been closed.

"We are very pleased that Eric Lux and Adrian have spoken and the topic is now closed," he said. "From now on we will concentrate only on the sport and do everything to get Adrian back in Formula One."



Tagged as: Adrian Sutil , Shanghai , eric lux

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RMcGeddon - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 3:15 PM

Whether or not he intended to cause the injuries he did cause remains something of a moot point. The fact remains that Sutil launched some sort of deliberate physical attack on Lux and at the very best it reveals that he has some sort of anger management issues. That alone should be sufficient to keep him off the racetrack without even considering the other major aspect of a modern racing driver's job, that of being the representative & public face of his sponsors. What sponsor would wish to be associated with a driver convicted of a violent assault?



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