January 31, 2012
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Adrian Sutil has been given an 18-month suspended sentence in a German court today, after assaulting CEO of Genii Capital Eric Lux last year.
The incident occurred in a nightclub in Shanghai after the Chinese Grand Prix in 2011, and Sutil was alleged to have assaulted Lux with a champagne glass. Adrian’s counter-claim was that he only meant to spill his drink over the CEO.
Genii Capital are the owners of Lotus (Renault), and since the incident Lux has reportedly chased Sutil for an apology and financial reimbursement for the 9-inch cut to Eric’s neck. On the other hand, Adrian has claimed that Lux made “strange offers” involving “a lot of money” as long as he volumtarily left the sport. He also claimed:
"He [Eric Lux] threatened me with 'destroying' me and ensuring that I go to prison
for a long time."
Today Adrian was handed a suspended sentence along with a €200,000 fine for causing grievous bodily harm to the Genii boss. Lewis Hamilton was due to testify as a witness for Sutil (as he was in the nightclub during the incident), but was unable to make it to the trial.
Sutil is currently out of a drive for this season, having been replaced by Nico Hulkenberg at Force India.
December 21, 2009
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Renault F1 Team
Renault have confirmed that they are to stay in Formula 1 for the 2010, and they are to sell a large stake of the team to Genii Capital.
The team will continue to run under the name Renault, and will keep its current engines. The Red Bull team will also continue to use Renault engines next year.
As part of a statement, Renault said: A statement issued by Renault said: “After 35 years in the sport, Renault announces a new phase for its F1 programme, consistent with Formula One’s drive for cost efficiencies. Formula One remains one of the biggest sporting spectacles in terms of annual television audiences and media exposure. Renault therefore believes that the impact of Formula One in terms of image, and brand awareness worldwide, particularly in new, emerging markets, will continue to play a key role in fulfilling the company’s growth objectives in years ahead.”
“With the anticipated sale of a stake in its F1 operational base in the United Kingdom to Genii Capital, Renault achieves another step that will definitely bring F1 participation to an affordable level for the Group. In addition, the new partnership will contribute to procuring the team the resources to compete sustainably at the highest level, and creates a great opportunity to modernise its governance.”
The team has already confirmed Robert Kubica as one of its drivers for next season.