Alexander Wurz has said that he will not be racing with the new USF1 team next year, in spite of past rumours linking him with the Charlotte-based team. The Austrian has talked with the outfit with a view to being the first occupant of a race seat but instead said he would prefer to concentrate on his Le Mans Series efforts with Peugeot.

After returning to Formula 1 with Williams in 2007 following a break since the 2000 season, Wurz has been regarded as a perfect candidate for USF1 due to his experience and technical knowledge, having spent six seasons as test driver for either McLaren or Williams.

"There have been discussions with USF1 but I have decided to draw a line through the matter," Alex explained to "My priority is the Peugeot factory (Le Mans) team, one hundred percent – I’m going to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours and other races."

When asked if his ‘decision’ was due to USF1 not being able to make the 2010 starting grid, Wurz immediately dismissed the gossip. "No, that was a decision from my heart," he replied. "I could earn more money in Formula 1. I am convinced that USF1 will be present with American technology and American ways of thinking. Even people like Chip Ganassi (established American IndyCar and NASCAR team owner) are convinced that USF1 will be there right from the start."

Probably a wise decision, Alex! You have nothing more to prove in F1!

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