Former F1 driver JJ Lehto sentenced to prison for boat accident
|By Pablo Elizalde||Wednesday, December 14th 2011, 14:40 GMT|
Former grand prix driver JJ Lehto has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison for his part in the boat accident that killed a friend last year.
The Finn was injured and his friend died in the crash, which took place in June of 2010 when the boat they were travelling on struck a bridge support in Finland.
A Finnish court said the 45-year-old was drunk and speeding on his boat, news agency Reuters reports.
Lehto had denied he was driving the boat.
His lawyer is appealing the sentence.
Lehto drove in Formula 1 from 1988 to 1994, achieving a third place at the 1991 San Marino GP as his best result.