Sutil court hearing begins in Munich
30 January 2012 – Monday morning in Munich sees the start of Adrian Sutil’s trial. The former Force India driver is appearing in course on charges of assault and grievous bodily harm.
The German is accused of striking Eric Lux – CEO of Genii Capital, co-owner of the Lotus Formula 1 team – with a broken glass in a nightclub. The incident allegedly took place on the night after last year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was due to be present at the trial as a witness, having been in the Shanghai discotheque at the time of the suspected feud. However, the McLaren driver stated last week that he would be unable to attend; at the time, the court had to decide whether to pardon the Englishman or postpone events.
To date, Sutil has not denied the occurrence, stressing that he intended to throw not a glass but its contents. Reports have also circulated that ex Virgin Racing driver Jérôme d’Ambrosio could testify, although this has not been confirmed.
The case will run across Monday and Tuesday.
Further development on Monday:
Sutil: I tried everything to settle argument