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Old 01-23-2012, 11:21 AM   #141
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Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
I agree. His ride was already shaky. Then he goes and does that. As I posted earlier, that was roughly the same time that he finally woke up and realized the trouble he was in. His performances, at least in qualifying, improved. But too little, too late.
yeah but....

Thanks for putting together the race results, Greg. Sutil did better in the first half than I remembered. I have to think that Force India, which doesn't like to pay its bills and is notoriously cheap, might be saving money by dumping a veteran like Sutil.

I guess I was thinking of qualifying, which is usually a truer test of teammates. Sutil started slow but finished fast. However, the margin was only occasionally large enough to justify what I suspect were Sutil's larger wages.

2010 Force India Qualifying

16 17 11 12 17 15 14 19 11 8 8 15 12 9 11 10 8 9 8
14 14 8 13 16 14 11 12 6 12 11 18 11 10 12 9 13 10 11

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so just to remind you that Sutil drove about "average" all year, and attacking the Renault guy with a broken champagne glass.... not so cool
News reports are claiming that Genii Capital CEO is gearing up to launch a €10 million damages claim against Adrian Sutil, who caused the Frenchman to need up to 24 stitches in his neck when he assaulted him with a broken champagne glass at a Shanghai nightclub during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

While the incident was not investigated by Chinese police and no criminal charges have been laid, it is believed that Lux will launch a civil suit in addition to filing a complaint with the FIA, according to a report in
While all parties have confirmed the incident, all are sticking to it being “a private matter” in their respective press releases, with Sutil declaring the incident was unintentional and accidental.
All up, there appears to be lots of stories and few concrete facts. The number of stitches required by Lux is seemingly up for debate, as are the number of people apparently involved in the incident itself.
The issue of alcohol being a factor is not something that many have discussed. ‘Glassing’ someone is not an everyday behaviour of a sober person, and it would be logical to presume that Sutil may have had a couple in the lead-up to the incident.
Even Sutil’s explanation that the injuries he afflicted on Lux were done “completely unintentionally” is particularly curious. It’s difficult to see how sticking a broken champagne glass in someone’s neck could not be done without a degree of intent.
Today’s F1 drivers rarely drink and are therefore more prone to the affects of alcohol than the general population, but you can speculate on this story until the chickens proverbially come home to roost.
Where this could become problematic is if the FIA decided to open the book and investigate the matter. Sutil has been quick to distance the incident as being unrelated to his duties as a Formula 1 driver, but the FIA recently confirmed it was taking any off-track incidents that damaged the sport’s reputation very seriously.
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