Adrian Sutil has been found guilty of grevious bodily harm and was sentenced today in Munich to an 18 month suspended sentence, plus a $262,200 fine to be paid to charities. The prosecutors were looking for a 21 month suspended sentence.
To recap, Sutil and other drivers were in a nightclub in China. Sutil says he was only trying to throw his drink on Eric Lux, who is a part owner of Lotus. He cut Lux’s neck, which required stitches. If you’re a German citizen, you can be tried in your home country, which is why this trial did not take place in China.
Sutil had tried to settle the matter with Eric Lux outside of the trial, apparently even offering millions of dollars to Lux himself. Of course you can’t really fight rich with money. Lux maintains that he was just looking for a direct, in-person apology from Sutil and never got it.
Sutil’s lawyer argued that his action was just an unintentional reflex, which still doesn’t make sense if you cut someone.
According to his agent, the former Force India driver still hopes to land a reserve role and his name is floating around regarding Ferrari’s test driver role.
For those not familiar with what a suspended sentence is, you must have forgotten the suspended sentence of Ferrari a couple seasons ago! Just kidding, I had to look it up too. Clearly it just means a) we’re not lawyers and b) we’re not criminals.
A suspended sentence means that as long as Sutil doesn’t do anything stupid again and break the law in the next 18 months, he won’t be put in jail. There could be some sort of probationary guidelines he has to follow, and I know the possibility he wouldn’t be allowed to enter China was out there.
I would figure the bigger problem in finding a test driver role is knowing he was found guilty rather than the suspended sentence. It looks like Sutil would rather spend the time to reflect on things and possibly look into something new than pursue a test seat.