14 Jan 2012

Sutil to go to trial in Germany

3:04 pm on 14 January 2012

The former Force India driver Adrian Sutil is to stand trial in Germany over an incident in China which left the owner of another Formula One team injured.

The German driver is charged with causing grievous bodily harm in the incident involving Renault F1 executive Eric Lux, who suffered cuts.

Mr Sutil has issued an apology over the incident, which happened in a Shanghai nighclub last April.

Prosecutors are requesting a year's suspended sentence for Mr Sutil.

Both Mr Lux and Mr Sutil were among guests at a party to celebrate Lewis Hamilton's victory at the China Grand Prix in Shanghai last April.

Mr Sutil's manager told reporters that the driver was looking forward to seeing the truth of the incident come out in court.

The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus.

Force India have already announced Germany's Nico Hulkenberg as Mr Sutil's replacement.