Zanardi pays special visit to Maranello
30 January 2013 – Ex-Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi has paid a surprise visit to Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello ahead of the upcoming season. The Italian toured the departments where the team's 2013 challenger, the F138, is being prepared for the opening pre-season test at Jerez, and praised the work ethic of the mechanics within the Scuderia.
"It was a very exciting evening for me!" he explained to the official Ferrari website after his visit. "I know many of the guys who work at the Scuderia from a long time ago, but this was my first time in Maranello and it was a great experience. I could see there was still that passion for the job that only comes with a love of racing."
Zanardi, who competed in 41 F1 races during the 1990s, became an icon of the 2012 London Paralympic Games, taking two golds and a silver in the hand biking events. He has recently stated an interest in contesting the 2013 Indianapolis 500.