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Amputee Zanardi Returns to F1



Racer Alex Zanardi, who lost both his legs in a 2001 crash during a CART series race, is back in Formula 1.

Zanardi test-drove a modified BMW-Sauber C24-B racecar at Spain’s Cheste circuit near Valencia this weekend. The Associated Press reports Zanardi went 14 laps in an emotional return to the F1 circuit during practice, but ended his return after three laps on Sunday when a technical problem shut down the engine on his F1 ride.

He is the first double amputee to drive a Formula 1 car.

Zanardi drove the Formula 1 circuit through 1999. After moving to the CART series (now Champ Car), he crashed in a September 2001 race and has spent the past five years adapting to artificial limbs and to racing in specially modified cars.


The AP recalls that Zanardi’s unspectacular F1 career was followed by a brilliant turn in CART, where he holds the record for the most points in a season, 285 in 1998.



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