Angry Sutil slams ‘coward’ Hamilton

Adrian Sutil, convicted this week of grievous bodily harm, has angrily slammed his former friend Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton, the 2008 world champion and McLaren driver, declined to appear as a witness in former Force India driver Sutil’s trial this week over the assault of Lotus team executive Eric Lux. Hamilton was sitting beside German Sutil, 29, at the time of the incident, but the Briton wrote in a statement to the Munich court that he could not remember the details of the scuffle. He declined to appear as a witness ostensibly due to the proximity to the launch date of his 2012 car.

“Lewis is a coward,” Bild newspaper quotes Sutil as saying. “I don’t want to be friends with someone like that. If you ask me he’s not a man as even his father sent me a text message, wishing me the best of luck for the hearing. From Lewis, nothing. He even changed his number so I couldn’t reach him.”

Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmermann insists the criminal conviction does not endanger his FIA superlicense, the mandatory credential for racing in Formula One.

But he conceded that it is “almost impossible” that Sutil will be on the 2012 grid.

Source:GMM

Lotus targets title tilt in 2015

Lotus F1 owner Gerard Lopez has revealed plans to take the former Renault team back into championship contention within a few years.

“Our efforts are concerted behind our objective to be a contender once more for the 2015-16 championships, to continue the proud heritage of the 1994-95 and 2005-6 world championship titles achieved by Enstone,” he said.

Lopez, the Genii-owned team that will run 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and reigning GP2 champion Romain Grosjean in 2012, made the announcement as he revealed two appointments as chief executive and chief operating officer. The team was founded as Toleman, becoming – under different ownership – the title-winning Benetton and Renault squads in subsequent decades from the same Enstone headquarters.

Lopez added: “Our fight to return to the front of the grid is a continual process, and we are leaving no stone unturned.”

Source:GMM