15 Dec 2011

Former F1 driver imprisoned over death of friend

7:07 am on 15 December 2011

The former Finnish Formula One driver and Le Mans winner Jyrki Jarvilehto, who raced as JJ Lehto, has been sentenced to two years and four months in jail for a drunken boat accident which killed his friend.

Jarvilehto was drunk and speeding in his boat in June 2010, when it hit a bridge support pillar in a canal in southern Finland.

Jarvilehto denied he was driving the boat when the crash happened, although the court was told the victim's injuries indicated he was a passenger and Jarvilehto was the driver.

The 45-year-old, competed in Formula One between 1989 and 1994 and won Le Mans in 1995 and 2005.