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Suspended jail sentence for Sutil

ESPNF1 Staff
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Adrian Sutil's conviction could make it difficult for him to work outside the EU in future © Sutton Images

Adrian Sutil has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and given a suspended jail sentence of 18 months.

Sutil has been on trial in Munich for the last two days accused of causing GBH to Eric Lux - the CEO of Lotus (formerly Renault) owners Genii Capital. Having apologised to Lux in court on Monday, Sutil has today been found guilty after wounding Lux with a champagne glass in the incident in a Shanghai nightclub last April.

As well as the suspended sentence, Judge Christiane Thiemann also fined Sutil 200,000 Euros which will be paid to charities. Yesterday in court it emerged that Sutil had offered to support Lux's African charity project following the incident, but that Lux was seeking a face-to-face apology.

Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann said that there would be no impact on Sutil's career, despite the judge having said the conviction was likely to have "serious professional consequences".

"This (conviction) does not mean Adrian has no future in Formula One," Zimmermann said. "There will be no consequences with the FIA and his driving ability has never suffered."

Sutil is currently without a drive for the 2012 season, having been replaced at Force India by Nico Hulkenberg.