Several reports are emerging that Adrian Sutil was involved in a fist-fight at a bar after the recent Chinese Grand Prix.
It is also alleged that Eric Lux – a key figure in Genii Capital, owner of the Renault F1 team – was left bloodied and bruised after the alleged incident, while Renault F1 team owner Gerard Lopez was still sporting scars on his right hand at last weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.
“I can confirm that there has been an incident on Sunday after the Chinese GP involving Eric Lux,” a Renault team spokesperson confirmed.
“Lotus Renault GP is however not in a position to make any comments, as it is a private matter between Eric and the other person.”
Eyewitness accounts claim that Lux was rushed from a VIP room with blood pouring down his neck, while Sutil’s friend Lewis Hamilton was also seen being hastily escorted from the same room his bodyguards just moments later.
Sutil apparently had to run out of China to avoid legal problems on the matter,” a report on the 422race.com website claims.
The FIA has confirmed that it will not investigate the matter, and a cryptically-worded quote from a Force India spokesperson has only added to the intrigue…
“It is a private matter between the parties involved and we don’t have any information on that, so we don’t want to make any comment,” the spokesperson said.
We will stress that – while the reports would certainly substantiate this incident – that these are just allegations at this stage.
However, if they are proved to have some weight behind them, then this won’t help Sutil’s cause of staying in F1 at all. There are plenty of rumours that his form against team-mate Paul di Resta is placing the Scottish rookie as a favourite to be moved into a future vacancy at Mercedes GP, while there is equally considerable speculation that Sutil may find himself eased out of the team unless he can start delivering some serious results.
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