Wurz.png Wurz.gif Full Name Alexander Wurz
Nationality Austrian
Born 15 February 1974, Waidhofen (AUT)
Died
Website Official Website
Twitter @alex_wurz
Instagram
First Grand Prix 1997 Canadian Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 2007 Chinese Grand Prix
Grands Prix 69 Non-starts 0
Wins 0 Podiums 3
Best Finish 3rd (x3) Points 45
Fastest Laps 1 Best Qualifying 5th (x4)
Retirements 23 Laps Led 0

Career Highlights

1992 German Formula Ford 1600cc, 1st overall
1993 Austrian Formula 3, 1st overall
1994 German Formula 3, G+M Escom Motorsport, 3 wins, 2nd overall
1996 24 Hours of Le Mans, Joest TWR Porsche WSC-95, 1st overall with Davy Jones & Manuel Reuter
1997 Formula 1, Benetton Renault V10 B197, 3 races, 1 podium, 4 points, 14th overall
1998 Formula 1, Benetton PlayLife V10 B198, 16 races, 17 points, 8th overall
1999 Formula 1, Benetton PlayLife V10 B199, 16 races, 3 points, 13th overall
2000 Formula 1 Benetton PlayLife V10 B200, 17 races, 2 points, 15th overall
2001-5 Formula 1, McLaren Mercedes, Test Driver
2005 Formula 1, McLaren Mercedes V10 MP4-20, 1 race, 1 podium, 6 points, 17th overall
2006 Formula 1, Williams Cosworth, Test Driver
2007 Formula 1, Williams Toyota V8 FW29, 16 races, 1 podium, 13 points, 11th overal
2008 Formula 1, Honda F1 Team, Test Driver
24 Hours of Le Mans, Team Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, 5th overall with Pedro Lamy & Stéphane Sarrazin
2009 Formula 1, Brawn GP Mercedes, Test Driver
24 Hours of Le Mans, Team Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, 1st overall with David Brabham & Marc Gené
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, Team Peugeot 908, 4th overall with Anthony Davidson and Marc Gené
1000Km of Spa, Team Peugeot 908, 1st overall with Anthony Davidson and Marc Gené
Petit Le Mans, Team Peugeot 908, 1st overall with Franck Montagny & Stéphane Sarrazin
2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1, 3 wins, 4 podiums, 3rd overall
2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1, 1 win, 2 podiums, 4th overall
  24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1, 4th overall with Nicolas Lapierre & Kazuki Nakajima
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, Toyota TS040 Hybrid LMP1-H, 1 win, 5 podiums, 5th overall

 

Alexander Wurz, 2007 French Grand Prix

Biography

A former BMX champion, Wurz’s interest in motorsport was sparked by his father, and by 1994 Wurz had finished runner-up in the German F3 series, beating the likes of Ralf Schumacher and Norberto Fontana, and in 1996 he became the youngest-ever winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

With support from Austria’s telco giant, A1, Wurz graduated to Formula 1 mid-season in 1997 as a substitute for the unwell Gerhard Berger, peaking with a podium finish in his final outing before Berger returned to his seat.

A full-time contract came his way for 1998, and Wurz impressed with five fourth-placed finishes, and earned huge praise for some stalwart defence against Michael Schumacher at the Monaco race. Contact between the two would lead to a high-speed accident at the Harbourfront Chicane for Wurz, and many have argued that his form never hit the same heights thereafter.

The 1999 season rewarded him with two points’ finishes in a heavy and underpowered car, and it was clear that he would be out on his ear at the end of the 2000 season.

However, McLaren came knocking with a test driver contract and there Alex stayed until 2005, finishing third in a one-off outing for the team at San Marino when Juan Pablo Montoya was injured.

His form proved enough for Williams, and he switched to their test team for 2006, before being rewarded with a swansong season in the race team in 2007. Often struggling in qualifying, Alex started too far down the grid to compete for major results, often relying on luck and tactics to pick up points’ finishes, as he managed at Canada to earn his final podium result.

He joined the Honda team as its test driver for 2008, and made a return to the Le Mans victory circle, winning in the works Peugeot at the 2009 race, partnering Marc Gené and David Brabham.

More recently, Alex has acted as a member of the FIA Stewards’ panel at selected Grand Prix, and fronted Toyota’s return to endurance racing action in the newly-renamed FIA World Endurance Championship.

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