Sutil appeals club brawl sentence
SENTENCE APPEAL: Adrian Sutil has appealed his 18-month suspended sentence, though even if he's successful we have to wonder about the F1 bridges he's burnt.
Berlin, Germany - Former Force India Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil has lodged an appeal against his 18-month suspended sentence for a nightclub brawl, his agent said.
Sutil received the sentence and a R2 million fine for causing grievous bodily harm in a Shanghai night club brawl in 2011 where Eric Lux, chief executive of Renault F1 team owners Genii Capital, was injured.
Sutil's agent Manfred Zimmermann said: "We have taken this step because we believe that the decision taken is not appropriate. There were several witnesses who were not examined."
The prosecutor's office confirmed it had also appealed against the verdict after it had initially asked for a tougher sentence of 21 months and R3 million.
Sutil, who has not found a racing spot this season, had also wanted former world champion Lewis Hamilton to appear in court but the Briton cited previous commitments with his racing team and did not take the stand in the Munich court. Sutil then branded Hamilton a "coward" for not backing him in court.
Lux had needed several stitches for a neck wound after Sutil injured him with a champagne glass.
The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus while Force India have already announced Germany's Nico Hulkenberg as Sutil's replacement.