Sutil aims to fight $14-million assault claim

17 May, 2011

Adrian Sutil in hot water over Shanghai nightclub incident

Adrian Sutil in hot water over Shanghai nightclub incident

May 17 (GMM) Eric Lux’s lawyer has confirmed the Genii Capital chief executive is taking legal action against Force India driver Adrian Sutil for the incident that took place in a Shanghai nightclub.

Eric Lux (FRA) Genii Capital CEO. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Valencia, Spain, Monday 31 January 2011.

Eric Lux

The 28-year-old German driver recently apologised after it emerged he had injured Lux in the neck with a broken glass at a nightclub in Shanghai one month ago. Lux is involved in the ownership and management of the Renault team

We reported that Lux had decided to take legal action that could involve a damages claim of $14-million.

“Mr Eric Lux has decided to file a criminal complaint against Mr Adrian Sutil for physical assault and grievous bodily harm,” Lux’s Swiss lawyer Dr Marc Henzelin confirmed in a statement on Monday.

“As soon as the complaint is registered, the FIA and Force India will be notified,” the statement added.

German newspaper Bild said Sutil’s friend Lewis Hamilton was in the same VIP room at the M1NT nightclub at the time of the incident, and the statement said Lux “does not exclude commencing an action against any other persons involved in this matter”.

Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmerman responded by saying he and the driver heard about Lux’s legal action in the media.

“In recent weeks Adrian has made several attempts to make contact with Mr Lux with no success,” he told the German press. “Should there be an indictment, we will fight it.”

“Anyone who knows Adrian knows that he would not intentionally hurt anybody. When it comes to this injury, Adrian regrets it very much but it was an unfortunate accident with no intention,” added Zimmermann.

Statement released by Eric Lux legal representatives:

Geneva, 16 May 2011

In the view of the recent events which occurred in Shanghai on 17 April, Mr Eric Lux has decided to file a criminal complaint against Mister Adrian Sutil for physical assault and grievous bodily harm.

As soon as the complaint is registered, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the team Force India will be notified.

Furthermore, please note that Mr Eric Lux does not exclude commencing an action against any other persons involved in this matter.


  • gsmm 627

    This is an offtrack incident, does not have anything to do with racing and should not be reported here.

  • Alastair

    Yes I agree, However Mr Lux does come across as a marsh mellow, someone should tell him to get on with what he does best. Is he one of those who make money by using the money productively earned by others?

  • Phillip Mbutt

    “This is an offtrack incident, does not have anything to do with racing and should not be reported here.”
    Um, do you think if Sutil is gonna get booted from F1 because of this aforementioned altercation, it will be newsworthy then?

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