Adrian Sutil will appeal the court verdict after receiving a suspended sentence for assaulting Lotus F1 team co-owner Eric Lux last year.
The German driver was given an 18-month suspended sentence and a 200,000 euro [$265,000] fine for causing bodily harm to Lux in a Shanghai nightclub brawl in 2011. The former Force India driver, without a drive for 2012, was dissatisfied with the terms.
"We are convinced that the judgment handed down is not appropriate. There are many things that went against us," Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmerman told Germany's SiD news agency.
Ironically, the SiD report says that state prosecutors have also appealed the verdict as they believe the punishment was too lenient! Prosecutors had requested a suspended sentence of one year and nine months and a 300,000 euro ($400,000) fine.