Adrian Sutil calls Lewis Hamilton a coward

German slams Brit F1 ace for not supporting him in court

Adrian Sutil has slammed Lewis Hamilton for failing to appear in court as the German was given an 18-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm.

Mean machine: Team McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton unveils
the new MP-27 Formula 1 car at the McLaren Technology Centre in
Woking, England yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Sutil was found guilty of stabbing Lotus Renault shareholder Eric Lux in the neck with a champagne glass in a nightclub brawl that broke out during celebrations after Hamilton's win at Shanghai's Chinese Grand Prix last April.

Adrian Sutil

A Munich court gave Sutil an 18-month suspended sentence on Tuesday and fined him 200,000 euros ($263,000) for his part in the brawl.

Hamilton is alleged to have been with Sutil at the time of the incident, but the McLaren driver declined to appear in court as a witness and wrote to the court to say he had seen nothing.

"Lewis is a coward, I do not want to be friends with someone like that," Sutil told German daily Bild. "As far as I am concerned, he isn't a man.

Hamilton appeared in public on Wednesday at the presentation of the new McLaren car in Woking, near London.

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