Public prosecutors in Munich, Germany announced on Thursday that former Force India driver Adrian Sutil has been indicted on charges of grevious bodily harm and will face trial at the end of this month on. The trial is slated for the 30th and 31st January.
The German driver was in a nightclub in Shanghai in April celebrating his friend Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Chinese Grand Prix, when an incident occurred with a champagne glass which led to Eric Lux, the co-owner of the Lotus Renault GP team receiving a serious wound to the neck.
Lux went to hospital immediately and was angry that Sutil and his friends left the club without offering assistance or apologising. Sutil did apologise later.
The case will revolve around CCTV footage from the club and depositions from both sides and from witnesses, which could include Hamilton.
Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmerman has said that the incident was not as it appears and that having had a drink spilled over him, Sutil was intending to do the same to Lux when the glass accidentally made contact with Lux’s neck.
“We are convinced that the court will come to the conclusion that there was no intentional attack,” Zimmerman said. “We feel good. So the truth will come out.”
Sutil was one of the drivers in contention for the vacant seat at Williams this season along with Rubens Barrichello and Bruno Senna. BBC is reporting that Williams insiders say Sutil is no longer on their radar.