Former grand prix driver Jos Verstappen appeared in a court in Belgium on Monday to face charges of attacking his wife.
The 36-year-old Dutchman, who last raced in F1 for Minardi in 2003, now drives for Van Merksteijn Motorsport and won the LMP2 class in both the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Le Mans Series this year in the team's Porsche RS Spyder.
Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported that Verstappen was in court in Tongeren charged with attacking his wife, Sophie Kumpen, from whom he is effectively separated.
The ministry of justice (the prosecution) asked for an eight month jail sentence after showing the court an SMS message in which Verstappen had used threatening language, and also claimed that the tyres of his wife's car had recently been damaged three times.
The paper also reported that Verstappen admitted to having relationship problems but thought it was over dramatic that he had to appear in court to defend himself.
The court will announce its verdict on January 5th.