Adrian Sutil does not believe he will lose his drive at Force India despite an official criminal complaint being filed against him…
Adrian Sutil does not believe he will lose his drive at Force India despite an official criminal complaint being filed against him.
Sutil is reported to have been involved in an incident with Eric Lux, the chief executive of Genii Capital who own the Renault GP Formula One team, after the Chinese Grand Prix on April 17.
Sutil later issued a statement confirming he attended a party at a nightclub after the race in Shanghai where he “unintentionally injured another guest”.
Although the incident was just over two months ago, only now has Lux opted to file his complaint for grievous bodily harm.
A spokesman for the Munich State Prosecutor, speaking in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, said: “There is a pending complaint for grievous bodily harm against Mr Sutil.”
The Munich State Prosecutor will now investigate to ascertain whether there is enough evidence for a trial to be heard.
There may yet be consequences because when pressed on the matter last month, Force India owner Vijay Mallya stated he would only address the issue “if and when he (Sutil) is charged”.
With the situation on the brink of heading to court, Sutil attempted to keep a level head ahead of this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia.
Speaking in the paddock at the Valencia Street Circuit, Sutil said: “What can I say? I have to concentrate on my job, and if he (Lux) does that (file a complaint) then we can of course go to court.
“But why should I lose my drive? It’s a private thing and it’s my work here.
“It depends on what is the truth. We want to hear the truth, and we hope we are going to know that very soon.”
The 28-year-old German claims he has yet to receive anything in writing, adding: “The story came out this morning.
“To be honest I didn’t read it until the last few minutes prior to speaking to you guys (the media). You know before me, that’s your job.
“Of course, it’s a bit strange it has taken so long, but now it’s out, let’s see.
“Everything else we will find out. First of all I have to know what is going on.
“I will speak with my manager (Manfred Zimmermann) and see what is next.”