Rift grows between Hamilton and Sutil over trial

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Adrian Sutil says he hasn’t spoken to his former friend and F3 team mate Lewis Hamilton since the Mercedes driver chose not to testify at his trial last year.

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“Ultimately this whole thing will have come down to finances. The money off deal proposed by Ferrari for their 2014 engines will have been less than Adrian Sutil was able to bring to the table.”

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128 comments on Rift grows between Hamilton and Sutil over trial

  1. Jason (@jason12) said on 1st March 2013, 8:25

    Sutil is just looking for cheap publicity here.
    He stabbed a man with a wine glass, but wants to drag Lewis’ name into the mud.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st March 2013, 9:04

      @jason12

      He stabbed a man with a wine glass, but wants to drag Lewis’ name into the mud.

      You don’t think Sutil has a legitimate grievance, considering that Hamilton considered him to be a friend and apparently witnessed the incident, but then went out of his way to avoid testifying at Sutil’s hearing when doing so could have resulted in him being acquitted or given a lesser sentence?

      • Jason (@jason12) said on 1st March 2013, 9:30

        @prisoner-monkeys

        when doing so could have resulted in him being acquitted or given a lesser sentence?

        Depending on how guilty Sutil was, testifying could have actually made things worse.
        Sutil should just apologize to Lewis for putting him in this dilemma in the first place. It’s not like he was in an accident, he actually stabbed a man.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st March 2013, 9:39

          Depending on how guilty Sutil was, testifying could have actually made things worse.

          Hamilton was due to testify on Sutil’s behalf. He was called as a defence witness.

          Sutil should just apologize to Lewis for putting him in this dilemma in the first place.

          I’m sorry, but I find that a bit condescending, considering that Hamilton went out of his way to avoid testifying on Sutil’s behalf.

          It’s not like he was in an accident, he actually stabbed a man.

          Sutil always maintained that it was an accident. CCTV footage of the nightclub apparently supported this idea, but most of what happened was obscured, and so it was open to interpretation. Hamilton was due to be called as a material witness to support Sutil’s story of it being unintentional.

          • Well , what if sutil had acted in anger and stabbed the guy ( Neither you nor I knows what really happened ). That’s why , Lewis testifying was bad because maybe he had to lie to get sutil out of trouble . Then if people find the truth , with all the bashing lewis normally gets , this will add on to that . Besides , he was already a bit too distracted in 2011. So, he consulted some experts and decided against it . He probably felt bad not to help his friend but coudn’t help him either and hence ignored his calls ( Which is rather immature by the way) . Again just a guess .Only they know what really transpired .

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st March 2013, 11:39

            That’s why , Lewis testifying was bad because maybe he had to lie to get sutil out of trouble .

            If Hamilton was called as a witness for the defence, his only obligation would be to respond to questions truthfully. He would not have to lie on behalf of the defence.

          • @prisoner-monkeys Precisely . Maybe if he had responded truthfully , it would have been more damaging to his friend’s trial . It is better to stay quiet than do harm . However , he could have spoken to sutil .

  2. WarfieldF1 (@warfieldf1) said on 1st March 2013, 9:13

    It seems most likely that Hamilton acted upon advice of his and McLarens lawyers; he most likely felt torn about this…..but understandably Sutil felt and prob still feels let down. They will however deal with it, cos that’s life.

    • UKF1rules said on 1st March 2013, 9:23

      and hamilton is the most likely of the f1 drivers to do that, as he is essentially a marketting product from the beginning, like One Direction is in music. he would rather toe the company line then keep real human relationships. he might change now out of mclaren.

  3. Uncle Bob said on 1st March 2013, 9:15

    I didn’t even know Sutil had (allegedly) been up to no good…. But that’s the point, I like F1, but once the drivers are out of the cars, i really don’t give a **** about them.

  4. Chainsaw (@chainsaw) said on 1st March 2013, 12:38

    If the courts come to know that McLaren had asked Lewis not to testify even after being summoned, then McLaren would also be in trouble, hence they would not have done it…. It seems to be Lewis own personal decision… If he did not wish to testify he should have communicated it clearly rather than change his cellphone number (which is compeltely immature)

    If Lewis brother would have stabbed anyone, would Lewis have done the same thing and listened to McLaren to stay away from court…

    And as others have said, a testimony is very important to prove if an act of violence was as a result of some extreme provocation… And Lewis was one person who could have thrown some light on that…

  5. robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 1st March 2013, 13:47

    If my best friend attacked someone in a nightclub (and it seems that’s exactly what Sutil did) then yes, I would cut my ties with him, not just for my career but because I don’t want to keep friends like that.

    • Chainsaw (@chainsaw) said on 1st March 2013, 15:50

      Wont the reason matter to you as to why your best friend attacked someone in the nightclub… ?? Not everyone who is arrested is guilty… Violence under extreme provocation is also a form of self defence

  6. Girts (@girts) said on 1st March 2013, 14:34

    I think we should remember that F1 drivers generally aren’t friends with each other, even if they sometimes use the word to describe their relationship. It’s certainly not the kind of friendship that Queen sing about. That’s just against the nature of F1. Vergne recently confirmed that and Webber said the same thing in the February issue of F1 Racing. And, as Vettel joked before Abu Dhabi 2010, if someone needs help, he should go to the medical centre.

    I think Sutil and Hamilton obviously had a good relationship with each other before that incident and now it’s turned into a not-so-good relationship. We cannot know what exactly happened in that Chinese nightclub and thus cannot judge Hamilton’s actions. But I believe that it is a bit naive to think that any F1 driver would necessarily help his colleague just because both get along well and publicly call themselves ‘friends’.

  7. bad_whippet (@bad_whippet) said on 1st March 2013, 14:40

    I am utterly dumb-founded by the vast majority of the comments on the subject of Sutil and Hamilton.

    None of us (absolutely none) know the exact details and all of this is conjecture without the hard facts – ie. being there and actually witnessing it.

    Stop using this as ammo to attack the driver you like least. Some of you have incredibly bizarre definitions of what constitutes a friendship anyway. I can certainly say that I’d really not like to be friends with a lot of you based on your comments.

    Grow up.

    • Max Power said on 1st March 2013, 16:11

      @bad_whippet, well said mate. I think some on here have been watching one too many courtroom drama’s and fancy themselves as being expert judges of character and legal eagles.

      I knew the moment Sutil was asked whether he has had any contact with Hamilton since the incident, that the usual suspects would crawl all over the story to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

      Predictably, those people choose to focus on how this can negatively impact on Hamilton, rather than how the two people at the centre of this – Sutil and Lux have reconciled being in the same paddock.

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