Zanardi eyes DTM with BMW UPDATE Before the DTM season finale at Hockenheim on Sunday, Zanardi was present to display the Olympic medals which had been won at Brands Hatch.
“It really was a sensational day,” said Zanardi, who is celebrating his 46th birthday on Tuesday. “I've experienced a lot in my career, but driving in front of the thousands of fans in the Motodrom and presenting my medals was a very special moment; and the fact that BMW and Bruno Spengler have now won the title is just incredible.”
He went on to thank BMW Motorsport for the option of a DTM test and will now consider whether returning to competition is the way to go.
“I am very thankful that they have considered the possibility of a test drive,” he began to sum up. “Along the way, it will necessary to overcome some technical hurdles, including the fact that the DTM cars are very complex, but we shall do that at a later date. Today, the entire team can celebrate - that was a sensational performance.”
09/18/12 (GMM) With fresh Paralympic gold around his neck, Alex Zanardi is eyeing the German touring car series DTM as his next goal.
|Alex Zanardi last drove for BMW in World Touring Cars in 2005|
Since losing his legs in a 2011 crash, the former F1 driver has completed the last laps of that ill-fated CART race, won world touring car races for BMW, tested a BMW-Sauber, and soared to the very top of the world of hand-cycling.
According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, he is now keen to smell burning rubber again.
A spokesman for BMW confirmed that the 45-year-old Italian has been in contact -- about DTM.
"If he had his way," said the spokesman, "he would be with us at the next race.
"We are not saying categorically no, but also not categorically yes."
BMW motor sport director Jens Marquardt added: "There are many issues to be considered first of all, from a purely design point of view, and also for safety."
And the spokesman explained that there is probably not time to explore the possibility this season.
Before winning four races in a hand-controlled WTCC car for BMW Team Italy-Spain, Zanardi contested 44 grands prix for Jordan, Minardi, Lotus and Williams.