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Hamilton wanted Sutil return

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he prayed for Adrian Sutil's return to F1, and is hoping he will get to clear the air with his former close friend.

After Sutil was confirmed as Force India's second driver for the coming season 15 months after he was axed by the team, the 30-year-old revealed he no longer had any relationship with Hamilton.

Sutil broke all ties after Hamilton opted not to testify in court on behalf of the German following an incident in a Shanghai nightclub in the wake of the Briton's victory in the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix.

Sutil was eventually given an 18-month suspended sentence and fined 200,000 euros (167,000) for causing grievous bodily harm to Lotus executive Eric Lux with a champagne glass.

Sutil did confirm he would again meet up with Hamilton, but has no idea as to "what will happen".

Mercedes driver Hamilton has confirmed making several attempts to get in touch with Sutil, only to be rebuffed.

"I have emailed him a couple of times," said Hamilton, speaking at the final pre-season test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya

"I contacted him a while ago because I heard there was a chance he could get the seat and just said that I had said a prayer for him, that I really hoped he got the seat because he deserved it and that I really hoped to see him back in Formula One.

"On the way here, I found out and congratulated him. I haven't heard back from him, but I am sure at some stage we will get to talk.

"I have really been looking forward to seeing him because I haven't for a while.

"I called ages ago and I got his friend on the phone. Well, he used to be a good friend, and he kind of intervened."