Zanardi to make Formula 1 comeback
27 April 2005 –
Allessandro Zanardi is about to make his comeback in Formula One. Zanardi was a guest at Imola of the Williams F1 team, the team he last raced for in F1, and sat in the FW27 to see if he could fit in easily. It wasn't a problem for the Italian to fit in the car and thus the Williams team has offered him a test in the car.
Zanardi will be invited later this season to come and fit a seat in the Williams factory. It is speculated that Zanardi will test the Williams during the USA Grand Prix but a Williams spokesperson explained a date has not been set yet. "On Saturday afternoon Zanardi has tried to see if he would fit in our car and he fitted absolutely ok. A seat will be made for him soon in our factory but we didn't set a specific date yet," a spokesperson told F1Racing.net
"After he made his seat in the factory he will most likely test the Williams car. This is just an invitation and it has nothing to do with signing him up for a contract."
Alessandro Zanardi made his debut in Formula 1 with the Jordan team in 1991 during the Spanish Grand Prix. He started from 20th position and finished 9th. His last race was in Japan for the Williams F1 team in 1999. Zanardi skipped a year of racing and joined the Mo Nunn Racing team in the US in 2001. During a race at the Lausitzring in Germany he lost both of his legs and nearly died from loss of blood. His amazing recovery has inspired many young racing drivers never to give up your (racing) dream.