German racing driver Adrian Sutil is to appeal against his conviction for grievous bodily harm and 18-month suspended sentence, it was revealed yesterday.

"We are convinced that this judgment is not appropriate," Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann told SID, an AFP subsidiary. "There are many things that went against us."

Last week, a district court in Munich gave the 29-year-old former Force India driver an 18-month suspended sentence and 200,000 euros fine after a brawl at a Shanghai nightclub last April.

The incident occurred as Sutil celebrated in a night club after Lewis Hamilton's victory at the Chinese Grand Prix and a Lotus Renault shareholder was stabbed in the neck with a champagne glass.