FIA not to act on convicted Sutil
1 February, 2012
Jan.31 (GMM) Adrian Sutil’s manager said on Tuesday that the German driver is free to return to Formula 1.
29-year-old Sutil had emerged from a Munich court with a criminal conviction for grievous bodily harm, an 18-month suspended jail term and $260,000 fine.
The former Force India driver also has no job at present.
‘I can not say whether anyone in the sport wants to work with me,’ he was quoted on Tuesday by the SID news agency.
Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmermann, however, said the path is clear for his client to resume his career.
“This (conviction) does not mean Adrian has no future in formula one. There will be no consequences with the FIA and his driving ability has never suffered.”
His conviction is for attacking Lotus team executive Eric Lux in a Shanghai nightclub last April.
‘The only positive thing is that I am now at peace with Mr Lux. At least it’s over,’ Sutil said after Tuesday’s hearing.
“Maybe I’ll take a break, maybe I’ll do something completely different.”
The judge Christiane Thiemann said Sutil is lucky not to be heading to jail.
“Penalties exceeding one year are normally not suspended,” said the judge, explaining that Sutil’s current situation and his clean criminal record were taken into consideration.
Thiemann added that the punishment is ‘sufficient’ and would probably have ‘serious professional consequences’ for the F1 driver.