Jan 9, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine has been handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for his involvement in a nightclub brawl five years ago.
The Irishman, who is known for being quite an outspoken member of the Formula One community, was involved in an incident with Gabriele Moratti back in 2008. It is believed that the brawl broke out after Irvine contacted Moratti’s ex-girlfriend.
Speaking in a statement, Irvine said: “I was struck by Moratti with two or three punches, I lost my balance and fell.”
Despite being handed the suspended sentence, Irvine’s lawyer confirmed that he expected to appeal the court ruling.
Irvine raced in Formula One between 1993 and 2002, enjoying his best patch of form with Ferrari in 1999. Following Michael Schumacher’s accident at the British Grand Prix, Irvine became team leader at Maranello for the second half of the season and lost the championship at the final round of the season to Mika Hakkinen by two points.
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