The San Raffaele Hospital in Milan said that the 53-year-old Zanardi had shown “significant clinical improvement” since he was re-admitted to the hospital last month, and is now being treated in semi-intensive care.
Zanardi left a Siena hospital in July in order to continue the recovery process in a rehab center after undergoing three surgeries, but a few days later he was transferred to the intensive care unit due to his “unstable” health.
The Italian suffered serious head injuries when he lost control of his hand bike during a road race in Tuscany and collided with an oncoming truck on June 19.
The former “Kart” series champion, whose legs were amputated in a motor racing accident nearly 20 years ago before becoming a prominent Paralympic champion, was flown to a hospital near Siena, where he underwent emergency surgery on his head and face and was put into a coma.
Zanardi won the American Car Kart Championship before his legs were amputated due to an accident at the Lausitzring in Germany in 2001.
He then won four golds and two Paralympic silvers in London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the hand bike category, to ten world titles.
Zanardi participated in Formula One with the teams of Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in the early 1990s, before moving to the “Kart” championship in the United States, where he won the title in 1997 and 1998.
He returned to Formula One in 1999 with Williams, before heading back to the Kart series.
He kept his passion for racing and finally announced that he would drive a specially modified BMW in the last endurance round of the Italian GT championship this year in Monza in October.