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Sutil left in limbo over Shanghai incident

ESPNF1 Staff
May 27, 2011 « D'Ambrosio seat not at risk | »
Bernie Ecclestone chats with Adrian Sutil in Barcelona last weekend © Sutton Images

Force India boss Vijay Mallya has admitted Adrian Sutil could lose his race seat if there is an escalation in matters relating to the Shanghai nightclub incident of last month.

Mallya told to reporters in Monaco that Sutil would be in breach of contract if Renault co-owner Eric Lux, who was seen leaving the club with an injury to his neck, successfully prosecuted for criminal assault.

But Mallya said that, as yet, Lux has not taken the matter beyond a press release. "We have not heard of any formal complaint being registered in any country for any sort of misconduct by Adrian. So it would be highly inappropriate for us to presume that he did something."

Mallya admitted, however, that Force India will take "appropriate action" if a complaint about Sutil is formally filed. "You know, contracts do not supercede misconduct so unless I'm convinced that there is misconduct the contract shall prevail," he said. "I don't know what happened there, none of my people know what happened so there's a due process of law.

"If and when he's charged, I will assess the situation."

Sutil's manager, Manfred Zimmermann, said he and his client were yet to hear anything official from Lux, his lawyers or any authorities. "The situation is unchanged," he said. "We are still awaiting a response from the other side. So far we have not heard anything."

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