Former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi has been returned to the hospital after a house fire after reports of a faulty solar panel system.
German news agency SID reported that “machinery on which Zanardi relies was damaged in a fire” and the Italian was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure due to damage to equipment on which he routinely relies. You got me.
Germany’s Speedweek added that the blaze broke out at his villa in Noventa Padovana, northern Italy. Thankfully, the fire was quickly put out.
The 55-year-old, who has raced 44 races in Formula 1, has been hospitalized for 18 months after a serious hand-cycling accident in June 2020.
He required three surgeries and was in a coma after suffering a life-threatening head injury in a truck crash, but was able to leave the hospital last December to continue his recovery at home. rice field.
Zanardi competed in several motorsport series in his career, but in 2001 he had both legs amputated in a horrific accident at the Lausitzring.
Yet he returned to motorsport again, racing in the World Touring Car Championship and Italian Touring Car before changing course to compete in handcycling at the Paralympics.
He then went on to pursue more adventures in triathlon, winning four Paralympic gold medals and numerous World Championship gold medals in his subsequent career.
His wife, Daniela, said he still has a “long road” to recover when he was discharged from hospital last year.
“How his recovery will progress is still unpredictable,” she said at the time.
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“Having this much support, not just from the doctors and therapists who work with him intensively, is a huge help for him and us. I’m there.
“These strong bonds give us extra energy, so we are very grateful to everyone for that and much more. The same applies to the ongoing sympathy from racing drivers, fans and acquaintances.”