Former Formula 1 driver Alessandro Zanardi, who had an accident with his handbike in the summer, has stabilized to such an extent that he was transferred to another hospital.

This was announced by the San Raffaele Clinic in Milan.

The 54-year-old Italian was brought from the capital of Lombardy to a hospital in Padua in Veneto on Saturday.

Zanardi sustained serious head injuries in his accident in Tuscany in June.

He was then treated in several hospitals, came to the experts in Milan after deterioration and was operated on repeatedly.

At the end of September, his Milan doctors reported success.

The patient reacts again to signals from his environment, it said.

"Physically and neurologically stable"

The clinic now reported that Zanardi's condition was physically and neurologically stable.

He made progress on the path of rehabilitation.

Zanardi could thus be moved closer to his family home for further treatment.


The racing driver lost both legs in an accident at the Lausitzring in 2001.

He then fought his way back into competitive sport and won gold four times at the Paralympics in London in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.