Barrichello to stock cars but no DTM for Zanardi

Alex Zanardi testing BMW M3 DTM carDec.28 (GMM) Former F1 driver Alex Zanardi will not be racing in the German touring car series DTM in 2013, while Brazilian  Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello has forsaken single seaters to race stock cars in his homeland.

Zanardi recently tested a hand-controlled BMW, sparking speculation that the popular 46-year-old Italian and Paralympian could return to full-time motor racing.

“We did have a conversation about taking it seriously further on,” Zanardi told the Telegraph, “but I decided it would be a little bit too much for me to be involved full-time for the whole season next year.

“It would mean I wouldn’t have time for things I’d enjoy – like cycling and fishing with my son – so I decided to wait for the next train,” he added.

Meanwhile, Barrichello has confirmed reports that he is switching from Indycar to Brazil’s premier stock car championship for 2013.

“After 20-plus years representing Brazil [in] racing all over the world, it is time to come home,” said the 40-year-old.

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