Zanardi in ‘very serious condition’ after handbike crash

Mark Scott
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Ex-Formula 1 driver, Alex Zanardi, is in a “very serious condition” after being involved in handbike crash in his homeland of Italy.

Zanardi is undergoing surgery for a serious head injury at Siena’s Santa Maria alle Scotte University Hospital following a collision with a lorry at the Obiettivo Tricolore event.

A statement read: “He was immediately taken care of by the first aid professionals and evaluated in the shock room.

“His condition is very serious for the severe head trauma reported and he is currently undergoing a delicate neurosurgery intervention.”

The 53-year-old suffered life-changing injuries after a double leg amputation following a crash at the Lausitzring in 2001.

He has since become four-time Paralympic Champion, winning gold T London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Many Formula 1 teams and drivers have taken to social media to send their thoughts and prayers to Alex Zanardi and his family.

Williams said: “The thoughts of our whole team are with former driver Alex Zanardi after he was injured in a hand bike accident earlier today.

“Alex is one of life’s truly inspiration people and as we all know, a fighter through and through.

“Stay strong and Forza Alex.”

Carlos Sainz posted: “All the Motorsport community is with you Alex. Push more than ever. Praying for everything to go well. Forza.”

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has also sent his best wishes.

“You never gave up and with your extraordinary strength of mind you have overcome a thousand difficulties,” Conte said on social media.

“Come on Alex, do not give up. All of Italy is with you.”