While the Olympic Games in London have provided sports fans with plenty of highs, lows and surprises, Formula 1 fans will have a special reason to tune into the action that will come up in the Paralympic Games that follow.
Just over ten years on from losing both of his legs in a shocking CART accident at the Lausitzring, former Grand Prix and IndyCar racer Alessandro Zanardi will take on one of his greatest challenges: representing his homeland in the hand cycling races at this year’s games.
While Zanardi was able to make a successful return to motorsport in 2003 – driving a specially-modified BMW in the European and World Touring Car Championships – he retired at the end of 2009 to take up hand cycling.
He took to it like a true professional, and has since gone on to win several major races, including the New York Marathon.
Now Alex has set his sights on winning a gold medal at the Paralympic games, where one of the events – fittingly – will take place around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
“The fact that I’ve been able not only to turn a misfortune into an opportunity, but to turn it into a great opportunity … I wouldn’t do what I am doing if I didn’t love it,” Zanardi told SPEED TV.
“The fact that I’m loving paracycling, what I am doing today, the fact that I’ve been able to qualify and represent my nation in the next Olympic games is something I will forever tell my friends.”
The Paralympic Games kick off from August 29, and we’ll certainly b watching Alex’s progress with great interest!