Former F1 driver Jos Verstappen has avoided a jail term following accusations he harassed and assaulted his wife.
In December, the 36-year-old Dutchman appeared in a Belgian court and
was facing a maximum of eight months in prison for threatening his wife
Sophie Kumpen, as well as assaulting her and slashing her car's tyres.
The specialist Dutch publication Formule 1 Race Report said Verstappen,
who contested 107 grands prix between 1994 and 2003, was sentenced on
Monday to a conditional suspended jail term of three months and a 1650
The judge found that the sports car driver did not assault his wife,
but elected to punish him for sending threatening text messages and
violating an existing restraining order.