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Lewis Hamilton has lost my respect, says Sutil

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Force India's controversial German driver Adrian Sutil says he has lost all respect for Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton as a person.

30-year-old Sutil, who made his Formula One debut back in 2007, returned to the sport this season after he received an 18-month suspended sentence for an alleged 2011 assault on Lotus executive Eric Lux in a Chinese nightclub. 

He and Hamilton have been close friends since their days in junior competition, but that previously strong relationship appears to have rapidly deteriorated since Hamilton chose not to appear as a witness during Sutil's trial. 

And despite Hamilton having gone on record to say he still harbours hopes of rekindling that friendship, Sutil has poured considerable scorn on any potential reconciliation by publicly criticising his former friend's moral character.

"For some reason he never contacted me again after that. He always said he is my friend but he wishes to suddenly disappear - he changed his number," he said in a recent interview with GP Week.

"I saw him here in the paddock and he always said 'yeah, we can sit down and talk about it', but he never arrived. So these kinds of people I don't really respect. I respect him as a sportsman, but I think in private he's not on my level and I don't need to waste time with those people. 

"I'm happy that I realised what kind of a person he is. I have good friends, people I can learn from, and this is the most important. I'm happy that I found out earlier rather than later. Here on the circuit, this is business, he's a great racing driver but we haven't really spoken about it." 

Sutil currently occupies 11th place in the 2013 Drivers' Championship, three points adrift of British teammate Paul Di Resta. Hamilton, meanwhile, put himself back into the Championship picture after victory in the recent Hungarian Grand Prix left him fourth in the Championship standings, 48 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel. 

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