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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

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."

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