The former F1 driver and Italian Paralympic racer Alex Zanardi, in a serious condition after horror crash

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The former F1 driver and the Italian Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi, in a serious condition after horror crash in Tuscany

  • Ex-F1 competitor Alex Zanardi was involved in a terrible accident in Tuscany
  • The Italian Paralympic champion has been hit by a truck during a nationwide race
  • Zanardi is in a very serious condition and is being treated in a hospital of Siena
  • The former F1 driver lost both his legs in a German of the IndyCar race in 2001

Formula One driver turned Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi has been in a “very serious” condition in hospital after being injured in a horrible accident on Friday.

Experienced in the top level of motorsport, on both sides of the Atlantic, Zanardi, 53 years old, lost both his legs in a 2001 crash during a German of the IndyCar race.

On Friday, an accident happened when the Italian, descending in a national race for Paralympic athletes on handbikes, lost control and veered into oncoming traffic. He was hit by a big truck.

The Italian Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi is in a serious condition in hospital after an accident

The horrific incident saw Zanardi lose control in a Paralympic race before being hit by a truck

The horrific incident saw Zanardi lose control in a Paralympic race before being hit by a truck

After the crash, near the Tuscan city of Pienza, Zanardi was transported to the church of Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena.

Zanardi has won four gold medals in handbike at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic games.

1978 F1 world champion Mario Andretti has tweeted: “I am so scared in regards to Alex, I am holding my breath.’

Zanardi was an F1 competitor, before losing both his legs in a German of the IndyCar race in 2001

Zanardi was an F1 competitor, before losing both his legs in a German of the IndyCar race in 2001

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted: “You have never given, and with your extraordinary strength of soul, you have overcome the thousand difficulties.

“Come on Alex Zanardi, not to give up. The whole of Italy is to fight with you.’

Williams F1 team said: “Alex is a true source of inspiration, and as we all know, a fighter through and through.’

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