Formula One driver Adrian Sutil has been convicted of assault in a trial concluded this week in Munich, Germany. The proceeding revolved around a brawl at a night club in Shanghai, where Sutil slashed the throat of Genii Capital CEO Eric Lux, co-owner of the team now known as Lotus, with a champagne flute.

The conviction comes with a suspended sentence of 18 months and a 200,000-euro fine which is earmarked towards charity. For his part, Sutil reportedly claims it was an accident and that he tried to settle the issue out of court with Lux, who in turn says he didn't get the apology he was after until the courts settled the matter.

The next question is where that leaves Sutil. The driver has been with the Force India team (in its various iterations) since 2006 when he was named a driver for the team then called Midland, making his race debut the following year under Spyker management. With the trial looming over his head, the team cut Sutil from its roster for this season, leaving him without a drive as the rest of the field has all but completely filled up.


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      MotionDesigner
      • 3 Years Ago
      There seems to be a lot left out of this story. He cut the throat of another man with a champagne bottle, yet how does he not get any jail time? Another article also has Sutil claiming that he apparently meant to spill the drink onto the person and he hit him in the throat accidentally. In either case, accident or not, he cut the throat of another person while in some type of confrontation and he's getting no jail time, which I find ridiculous.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        It was just a bar fight , no one died. You don't land so easily in jail in Europe, jail only makes people worse, everyone knows that. I bet the 200k Euros are more helpful to society than Sutil doing some jail time.
          sqparadox
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          So I assume if he weren't rich enough to pay the fine then Europe would have thrown him in jail? Generally I would agree that jail is never the answer, but he cut a guys throat! It doesn't matter if it was in a bar fight, a lovers spat, or an ambush premeditated over months; it's still assault. Depending on the extent of injuries, there is a possibility the evidence may have supported an attempted murder charge (there is far too little information given here to make any sort of reliable guess). A complete lack of jail-time is ludicrous, a short sentence of a month or 2 is not going to turn an F1 driver into a hardened criminal, giving him no jail at all is just permission to do it again. This is not acceptable behavior for someone in the public eye, and if anything they should be held to a higher standard, not a lower one.
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          it's obvious we don't have the details , i guess his intentions were not to kill that guy. And it's his first offence. You get fined according to your income , if you refuse to pay , you will do jail time. Also he got 18 months in which if he does a small mistake , he will go to jail.
      Sol
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been wondering about this since i saw the last story but how does Germany have jurisdiction in China?
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      what an eejit, his F1 career is done and dusted
      mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lux has the reputation of being a pompus ass. That doesn't give Sutil the right to cut him. The true story will probably never come out. Lux wanted to ruin Sutil and say the appology over the phone wasn't good enough. That right there tells you what a douche Lux is. The suspened sentence shouldn't surprise anyone. The rich are on a different plain than the rest of us. F1 wont miss AS. He's average at best.
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      His eyes are extremely close together. That's a sure sign that something ain't right.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've accidently slit a guy's throat It happens...... BD
      Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is how I envision the fight going down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEunP3rPAxs
      trzjax
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing he was always at the back of the pack... Imagine what would happen if someone overtook him for first. Probably would crash winner's skull with the trophy on the podium.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      rchris5453
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't like your ride, cut the CEO's throat ? Why is this guy not in prison ???
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