Zanardi returns to F1 cockpit

Alex Zanardi will drive a Formula 1 car next month for the first time since leaving the sport in 1999. The former Jordan, Lotus and Williams driver, who lost both his legs in a horrific Champ car accident in 2001, will drive a 2006 specification BMW Sauber at the BMW World Finals in Valencia on November 26th.

According to the German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the BMW will be specially adapted, with hand grip accelerator and enlarged brake pedal to allow the Italian to drive with his prosthetic legs.

His heroic return to motorsport following his accident at the Lausitzring Oval has astonished even his closest friends, and despite his injuries his racing career is by no means over , recently winning a round of the World Touring Car Championship in Turkey, driving a specially adapted BMW 3 series.

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Ross Brawn leaves Ferrari

Ferrari have announced that their Technical Director Ross Brawn, and Engine Director Paulo Martinelli will both be leaving at the end of the season. Mario Almondo, current Sporting Director, will take over from Brawn with Stefano Domenicali taking on the Sporting Director role. Jean Todt will take over as interim Managing Director.

Ferrari’s technical department will now be split into two – the chassis department will be led by Aldo Costa and the engine department will be led by Gilles Simon.