Adrian Sutil has withdrawn the appeal against his criminal conviction

Perhaps discretion is the better part of valour after all. Adrian Sutil has decided to withdraw the appeal against his assault conviction, in which he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm following a Shanghai nightclub incident where he stabbed Lotus F1 senior manager Eric Lux in the neck with a champagne flute.

In turn, the German prosecution team has opted to withdraw its appeal against the eighteen-month suspended jail sentence and €200,000 fine that was imposed against the former Force India driver.

At the time of his sentencing earlier this year, Sutil’s legal team immediately filed an appeal against the penalty handed down by the Munich court, which the Bild-Zeitung newspaper now reports he has withdrawn.

Sutil has since met personally with Lux to apologise over the incident, and both parties have now said that the matter is behind them.

“The topic is finished and I want to resume doing what I do best as quickly as possible – racing in Formula 1,” Sutil is quoted as saying.

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