BMW confirms: Zanardi to make F1 return
30 October 2006 – Former Formula 1 driver Alessandro Zanardi will return in a Formula 1 car next month. Zanardi will be driving the BMW Formula 1 car at Valencia during the Formula BMW World Finals in Valencia from 24 to 26 November.
By driving for the BMW Sauber F1 team, Zanardi will enter motor racing's history books once more: He will be the first person who has had his legs amputated to test an F1 machine. In 2001, he lost both his legs in a terrible accident at the German Lausitzring. As a BMW Team Italy-Spain driver, he celebrated an impressive comeback racing touring cars and won two rounds of the FIA WTCC to date.
Zanardi was happy to receive the opportunity to test the BMW F1 car. "First of all I would like to say thank you to BMW for this opportunity. That's just amazing for me. Of course, I know that I won't get a contract with the Formula One team. However, having the chance to drive an F1 racer again is just incredible."
"Formula One is all about development speed. Therefore, I'm really excited to see what has changed since my last Grand prix in 1999."