Zanardi "never agreed" to Channel 4 involvement

Former Grand Prix driver Alex Zanardi has denied ever agreeing to a role in Channel 4's Formula 1 coverage, just days after he was announced as part of its team.

C4 held a media event in London on Tuesday where it named a 12-strong team of presenters and expert analysts, including former grand prix drivers Mark Webber, Alain Prost and Karun Chandhok.

It then revealed, prior to playing a video edit of Zanardi's preparations for the Paralympics, that the Italian would be joining it at selected events in 2016.

However, Zanardi has rubbished suggestions that he is to work with C4, claiming he never accepted the role.

In a tweet he posted on Sunday, linking to a C4 announcement of its team, Zanardi wrote: "Sorry guys, no hard feelings but I've never agreed to be part of this team and I won't be in it. That's all."It is unclear why C4 chose to announce Zanardi as part of its team if he had not agreed, but the channel was unavailable for comment on Sunday.

Zanardi, who lost both his legs in a CART crash in 2001, is aiming to take gold in the cycling events at the Rio Paralympics following his success at London 2012.

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