Alessandro “Alex” Zanardi (Bologna, 23 October 1966) is a racing driver.
Alessandro Zanardi, Alex for his fans, began his career in karts, then moved on to Italian F3 and Formula 3000 before Formula 1. After his F1 career, he moved to Champ Car category, where he had a terrible accident, which cause him the loss of both his legs. Despite this misfortune, he continued to race in some car categories with modified car; Moreover, the driver is still now a talented paralympian, able to conquer 4 gold medals at London Paralympic Games and 8 titles at Road World Championship.
- In 1994 Zanardi was signed up with Lotus, initially as a test driver, but with the injury of second driver, Pedro Lamy, he found himself as the new driver. Unfortunately, he didn’t score any significant results due to a slow and out-dated car, as well as poor reliability, and was replaced by a paying driver, Philippe Adams, who supplied ready cash to an already troubled team. He finished the season with zero points; the steering wheel in our museum is a reminder of that unfortunate season.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)