Sutil in the dock as assault trial begins
30 January, 2012
Jan.30 (GMM) Adrian Sutil is due to appear in court this morning (Monday) as the former Force India driver’s two-day trial, over the alleged assault of Lotus team executive Eric Lux, is set to begin in Munich.
Reports allege Lux was cut on the neck with a broken champagne glass after attempting to eject the German from a private VIP room at the M1nt nightclub in Shanghai last April.
Bild am Sonntag newspaper said Lux will also appear on Monday.
The report said HRT driver and former McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was also nearby at the time of the incident, but the Spaniard insists he did not see anything.
Bild said the incident was captured by a low-quality, black and white ceiling security camera.
The report said the footage depicts Sutil sitting on a couch alongside McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton before he was approached by Lux.
Sutil’s right hand can be seen jerking forwards, followed by Lux pulling away. Lux approaches again and Sutil pushes Lux before security guards intervene.
Hamilton will not be present on Monday, ahead of this week’s launch of the 2012 McLaren.
Bild am Sonntag said Sutil has not been able to contact his friend in recent weeks.