Lewis Hamilton is reportedly unavailable to appear at Adrian Sutil's court hearing

Despite being issued with a “mandatory” summons to be a witness in his friend Adrian Sutil’s grievous bodily harm criminal case at the end of this month, Lewis Hamilton has reportedly told the Munich courthouse that he won’t be able to attend.

Despite the alleged incident taking place in China in April, the case against Sutil – in which he is alleged to have ‘glassed’ Lotus F1 team executive Eric Lux at a private party celebrating Hamilton’s win at the Chinese Grand Prix.

A report run by the BBC claims that Hamilton’s lawyer has applied for the 27-year-old McLaren driver to reschedule his appearance, on the grounds that he has a schedule conflict.

The date he is set to appear in the witness box – January 30 – is just two before McLaren launches its MP4-27 challenger.

Interestingly, a report in London’s Telegraph newspaper claims that Hamilton was never formally notified of his requirement to attend the Sutil hearing. His lawyers, the report adds, had to contact the courthouse directly after learning of his subpoena in the media.

It is believed that his attendance issues will either force a delay in the hearing, or lead to him being excused from the witness list entirely.

[Original image via SKY Sports]

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