Adrian Sutil has said that he does not expect to lose his Force India seat despite news of impending legal action against him.
Renault co-owner Eric Lux is set to take the German to court over an alleged incident between the two in a Shanghai night club following the Chinese grand prix two months ago. It emerged today that the Renault man has filed a complaint with the Munich state prosecutor.
In today’s press conference ahead of the European Grand Prix, the Force India driver denied that the situation would threaten his seat.
“Why should I lose my drive? That’s a private thing and this is my work here, so…”
The German was also careful not to say anything prejudicial to any legal action.
“Well it depends what is the truth. We want to hear the truth and we hope we are going to know that very soon. There is a story out there now since a few months,” he said. “What can I say, I mean I have to concentrate on my job anyway. If he [Lux] does that then we can go to court.
“Yeah of course it is a bit strange that it took so long, but it is out and let’s see. Everything else we’ll find out, or we’ll go on and stuff like that, but I can’t really say anything more about it.
“First of all I have to know what is going on here and my manager will arrive soon and I think we have to wait until he is here, and then I can talk to him and see what is next.
“The story came out this morning, to be honest I didn’t read it until the last few minutes. To be honest you know already before me. I don’t really know a lot.”
There are thought to be wider concerns up and down the paddock that the story has overshadowed Sutil’s performances this season, with rookie team mate Paul di Resta regularly outshining him.