Ex-pals Lewis, Sutil still bristle

2013-05-23 09:00

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Adrian Sutil appeared reluctant to forgive and forget on Wednesday (May 22) though Lewis Hamilton had hoped for a thaw in their frozen friendship.

The two Formula 1 drivers, team mates in junior series and the best of friends until Sutil was involved in a night-club fracas in China in 2011, were asked about their damaged relationship during a Monaco GP news conference.


"Things are definitely different," 2008 World champion Hamilton said from the front row, Sutil looking down from behind. "We've spoken a couple of times and we plan to get together at some stage, just have a chat.

"We've been great friends for a long, long time and had some of the best times together along the way, especially in F3. You can generally count your good friends on one hand, good friends are hard to come by.

"I want to make sure we get things right".

Sutil, who returned to F1 for the 2013 season after being dropped by Force India in 2012, appeared far from conciliatory. Looking straight ahead, he said: "As Lewis said, yes, it's different. I'm still waiting for a coming together, I can't say anything more."

The German was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence and fined the equivalent of R2.2-million for grievous bodily harm after the brawl which happened after the 2011 Chinese GP was won by Hamilton.

The incident left Eric Lux, then chief executive of Renault F1 (now Lotus), needing stitches for a neck wound caused by a glass. Hamilton, then with McLaren, was present.

Sutil angrily accused Hamilton of cowardice and said he was no longer a friend after he failed to appear as a witness on his behalf at the court case in Munich.

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