Occasionally the methodical process and work-a-day nature of F1 is interrupted by some sort of scandal…big or small. This years first major scandal may very well be the Adrian Sutil incident in China where he was engaged in an altercation in a VIP room with Genii Capital financier Eric Lux.
Lux had injuries to his neck which required stitches and Sutil publicly offered an apology, of sorts, for the incident. It seems that is not quite enough as Lux has now filed an official complaint against the Force India driver:
“Mr Eric Lux has decided to file a criminal complaint against Mister Adrian Sutil for physical assault and grievous bodily harm.
“As soon as the complaint is registered, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the team Force India will be notified.
“Furthermore, please note that Mr Eric Lux does not exclude commencing an action against any other persons involved in this matter.”
It seems the Sutil bad boy image just got more bad and perhaps others will be dragged into the fray as well. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was present during the altercation but stories have placed him adrift of any involvement but Lux’s statement does imply there were others and that they too may be involved in the legal action.
F1 is a tough world as Mr. Lux has found out and perhaps words got heated and tempers flared. It will be difficult to keep this story from prying eyes now that he has filed charges but perhaps, like all F1 scandals it seems, the publicity will have CVC and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone chuckling to the bank.