Formula One driver Adrian Sutil was convicted on Tuesday of causing grievous bodily harm to a Formula One team owner in a nightclub confrontation in China and given an 18-month suspended sentence.
“I am really sorry, extremely sorry. I never wanted for this to happen,” said Sutil, dressed in a dark suit and tie.
Prosecutors said that Lux required stitches in a nine-centimetre-long wound. Sutil, however, refused their offer of a one-year suspended sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.
29-year-old Sutil told Munich district court that he’d “tried everything” to settle the case, including an offer of “tens of millions” and a charitable donation which was turned down.
Sutil said last year he wanted only to spill his drink on Lux, who was part owner of the team now renamed Lotus, and that causing the injury was completely “unintentional and accidental.”
“He threatened me with ‘destroying’ me and ensuring that I go to prison for a long time,” added Sutil, who has not found a seat for the 2012 season.