Some sad news to report from Finland, with former Grand Prix driver and two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner JJ Lehto sentenced to 26 months behind bars after being found guilty of manslaughter.
The former F1 driver – whose career spanned nearly a decade with the likes of Onyx, Dallara, Sauber and Benetton – was criminally charged after he crashed a speedboat into a canal bridge pillar last year, which led to the death of his friend who was a passenger in the boat.
The 45-year-old failed a blood alcohol test following the crash, and told police he had no recollection of the accident, and denied driving the boat (which was speeding) at the time of the crash.
The prosecution successfully argued that Lehto was in fact the pilot when the boat crashed in the middle of the night.
Lehto’s lawyers have confirmed he will appeal his conviction.
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