Hamilton unable to testify as Sutil goes to court over alleged assault on Lotus chief
Lewis Hamilton has informed court officials in Munich he will be unable to testify in the trial of friend Adrian Sutil on the day he was anticipated to appear.
It was expected Hamilton would be summonsed as a witness to give evidence in Munich's district court on the first day of the trial on January 30.
No show: Lewis Hamilton has told a Munich court he can't attend next week
Former Force India driver Sutil faces charges of aggravated assault following an incident in a nightclub in Shanghai after last year's Chinese Grand Prix, a race Hamilton won on April 17.
Sutil is alleged to have struck Lotus team executive Eric Lux with a champagne glass, causing a wound that required 24 stitches.
Trial: Adrian Sutil is alleged to have assaulted Eric Lux with a glass
Hamilton's lawyer, however, has now informed the court his client is unavailable due to a prior engagement with McLaren.
It is unclear whether the trial will now proceed without Hamilton or if a new date will be scheduled to ensure he can attend.