From one court matter to another, and as expected, Lewis Hamilton has been called to the witness box for the upcoming criminal case against his good friend Adrian Sutil, who is accused of assaulting Lotus F1 team executive Eric Lux earlier this year.
Hamilton’s summons is not unexpected, particularly given the fact that on the night of the alleged incident – in which Sutil is accused of ‘glassing’ Lux in the neck with a broken champagne flute – he was present and hosting the event at a Shanghai nightclub to celebrate his win at the Chinese Grand Prix.
The trial will take place at Munich over two days, starting on January 30. Hamilton will be interrogated in the witness box on the opening day of the trial.
If found guilty of the charge of causing grievous bodily harm, Sutil could be hit with a twelve-month jail sentence – his manager, however, remains upbeat about his young star’s chances.
“We have a video where it can be seen clearly that this was not Adrian attacking or intentionally hurting someone,” Manfred Zimmermann is quoted as saying.
“We expect an acquittal, or at worst a conviction for negligent injury. But that would not jeopardise his career,” he added.
However, it must be acknowledged that Sutil is still on the unemployment queue ahead of the 2012 season, after he was dumped from Force India’s driver line-up in favour of his compatriot, Nico Hülkenberg.
Also expected as witnesses to the trial are former Virgin Racing driver Jérôme d’Ambrosio and an as-yet-unnamed Formula 1 journalist.
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