Alex Zanardi has backed seven time world champion Michael Schumacher’s decision to quit formula one.
The 40-year-old Italian, who shared a grand prix track with Schumacher in the nineties before returning to race in America, reckons the great German called it quits while he was ‘still on top of his game’.
“Quite frankly I think deep in his mind he would have loved to continue,” Zanardi said.
“But the reality is that a guy like him had everything to lose and nothing more to gain.
“If he had a great season (in the future) but one bad race, everyone would have said he’s finished, he’s done.”
Zanardi concluded: “I guess he made the logical, sensible decision.”
BMW-Sauber confirmed this week that Zanardi, who lost both legs in a horror Champ Car crash in 2001, would become the first ever double amputee to test a formula one car at Valencia on November 24.
He said: “Of course, I know that I won’t get a contract with the formula one team but having the chance to drive an F1 racer again is just incredible.”