Force India's German driver Adrian Sutil has been accused of causing 'grevious bodily harm' to Renault F1 team owner Eric Lux following an altercation between the two in a Shanghai night club following the Chinese Grand Prix. When asked about the criminal complaint filed against Sutil, Force India's spokesman told HT that the team had not yet issued a statement regarding the matter and that the German driver would be on course to take part in Sunday's Spanish GP.
Media reports said, Sutil and Lux's altercation led to the Renault owner's neck being cut by a broken champagne glass that required Lux to get 24 stitches. As of now, neither the International Automobile Federation (FIA) nor the sport's commercial boss, Bernie Ecclestone, have commented on the incident that could lead to Sutil losing his FIA super license.
Under the criminal law of China, whoever intentionally injures the person of another is to be sentenced to not more than three years of fixed-term imprisonment, criminal detention, or control. Whoever commits the crime in the preceding paragraph and causes a person's serious injury is to be sentenced to not less than three years and not more than 10 years of fixed-term imprisonment; if he causes a person's death or causes a person's serious deformity by badly injuring him with particularly ruthless means, he is to be sentenced to not less than 10 years of fixed-term imprisonment, life imprisonment, or death.
Should that come to pass, it would not be the first time that an F1 driver lost his seat because of problems with the law.
In 1991, Belgium's Bertrand Gachot was convicted by a court in London after assaulting a taxi driver with a can of pepper spray. Gachot's exclusion from the Jordan team for the Belgian GP led to the team bringing in Michael Schumacher.