Former F1 driver jailed for drunken boat crash

Former Formula One driver JJ Lehto has been jailed for causing a drunken boat crash in June 2010

The judge at Lansi-Uudenmaan district court said the 45-year-old Finn was drunk and speeding when his powerboat hit a bridge on a canal in Ekenäs, killing his passenger.

Lehto, who appeared in court under his full name Jyrki Juhani Järvilehto, said that he was a passenger in the boat at the time, but his claim was rejected. The court decided that the injuries received by Lehto and his passenger indicated that Lehto had been at the helm when the crash happened and was sentanced to two years and four months.

JJ Lehto took part in 62 Grand Prix for Onyx, Scuderia Italia, Sauber, and Benetton between 1989 and 1994, and went on to win the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1995 and 2005. He is expected to launch an appeal against the court’s sentence.