Alex Zanardi has revealed the 'end of chapter' in his illustrious career with the announcement that his relationship with BMW has drawn to a close.
The Italian re-launched his career with BMW following the Champ Car accident in Germany that almost cost him his life, running with the ROAL Motorsport team in both the ETCC and WTCC and securing four victories.
BMW's decision to downsize for the 2010 season saw Zanardi without a drive in the WTCC, with speculation that he could continue to drive with ROAL in the Italian Superstars series.
However, that deal now appears to be dead in the water, with Zanardi revealing in a statement on his website that his relationship with BMW has drawn to a close.
“I am sorry to tell you that my relationship with BMW has definitively interrupted and every chance to take part in any championship with a car of the Bavarian brand went with it,” he wrote. “What a shame. My relationship with the German manufacturer seemed to be indissoluble. Nevertheless, this is what happened in a period with the economic downturn shaking many of the certainties that apparently regulated the world economy and it is certainly not the worst thing ever when compared to the situation of all those people that have really been knocked out by this crisis.
“Despite being extremely sorry for having to break up an association that awarded both sides with great satisfactions, I understand that these things happen. Still, during life it might also happen that when you lower your eyes to look for something you lost, you end up finding something else worth collecting.
“We will see if this is going to be the case, even if I think that now it is really late to find a valid alternative. I do not intend to hang up my racing helmet and I am hopeful that very nice cars will still be present in a near future of mine.
“I am sincerely thankful to BMW for the path we covered together and I wish them all the best in their sporting programmes.”