Grapevine: Zanardi Sure of Williams Test

Former Grand Prix driver Alex Zanardi is hoping to meet with Williams team chiefs at Monza this weekend to finalise plans for him to test one of their Formula One cars

Grapevine: Zanardi Sure of Williams Test

The Italian, who is a race winner in the World Touring Car Championship this year, was offered the run by Williams' director of engineering Patrick Head in the immediate aftermath of his crash at the Lausitzring in 2001.

Although previous attempts to organize a date for the test have fallen through because of clashing commitments, Zanardi has told Autosport-Atlas that he will make a fresh attempt to sort it out at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

"Absolutely, it's still going to happen," said Zanardi, who won his first WTCC event at Oschersleben. "I received the offer from Patrick, and the fact that it's not happened yet is only because quite frankly I've been busy doing other things like touring cars.

"I'm glad I concentrated on hitting that same nail because finally we got results, but I believe the F1 drive offer is still good.

"This weekend I will see Frank and Patrick, and I'm sure we'll talk about it. Sooner or later, there's no reason why this won't happen."

shares
comments
Mansell Baffled by Ferrari's Fall

Previous article

Mansell Baffled by Ferrari's Fall

Next article

Schumacher Vows to Help Massa

Schumacher Vows to Help Massa
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Williams
Author Jonathan Noble
How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight Plus

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021