Alex Zanardi will have to watch this weekend's World Touring Car Championship races from the grandstands after rolling his BMW in practice
The Italian, who uses special hand controls to drive the car after he lost both legs in his Champ Car accident in 2001, ran wide at the double left-hander Pouhon during the session and the car rolled in the gravel bed.
Zanardi was uninjured and was able to remove himself from the vehicle unaided, however the car was too badly damaged for him to compete in this afternoon's qualifying session.
The car has now been sent back to the team workshop for repairs, but will not be fixed in time for tomorrow's races.
"This is the first time I've rolled in my career since I started racing cars," Zanardi told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm sorry I ruined the vacations for the mechanics. Anyway, I'm fine. I'm sorry about making an error of judgement, which thwarted the work of the mechanics.
"There are no excuses: I made a mistake, and the only thing still unclear is how many times I rolled.
"You don't count them when it happens - you think of other things, and you can't wait for the car to stop. You look for no one hitting you, then you unbuckle and get out of the car."
It is not the first time Zanardi has been put out of a race at Spa due to a practice accident. In 1993, Zanardi crashed at Eau Rouge in practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, straining a spinal nerve and knocking him unconscious.
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