Alexander Wurz
BMX rider, cyclist, racecar driver, formula driver, Formula One driver
Alexander Wurz
Alexander Wurz is an Austrian racing driver. He competed in Formula One from 1997 until 2007, and is also a two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours. He was a test driver for the Brawn GP team for the 2009 Formula One season. Since then he is still active in Formula 1 as a consultant, expert for TV and media and has established himself as a road safety expert. From 2008 - 2011 he competed for Peugeot Sport in various races of the International Le Mans Cup Series.
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F1 drivers want cockpit safety device for 2017
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Formula One drivers are calling for a new safety device to be installed in their cockpits from 2017, hoping the so-called "halo" will prevent the lethal threat posed by flying debris. Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) Chairman Alexander Wurz said on Monday that his members wanted "swift implementation" of the design initially suggested by Mercedes -- a bar attached to the car that curves around the driver's head and is supported in front by an upright strut. Formula One has been testing various ways of improving head protection, weighing up the pros and cons of the halo compared with completely closed canopies, an option that some people fear could trap the driver in the event of a crash.
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Wurz rules out Manor principal job
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Austrian Alexander Wurz has ruled himself out of the running to take over as principal of Manor Marussia, the smallest team on the Formula One starting grid. "After a period of consideration, I have informed (owner) Stephen Fitzpatrick that I have taken the decision not to make myself available to Manor, the 41-year-old ex-Formula One driver told the BBC on Wednesday. Manor will have a vacancy after next week's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with current principal John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon resigning after reported differences with Fitzpatrick.
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Manor Marussia want former F1 driver Alexander Wurz to be their principal
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
• Team appoint McLaren stalwart Dave Ryan as racing director • Principal John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon to leave Manor Marussia have appointed the McLaren stalwart Dave Ryan as racing director and have sounded out former F1 driver Alexander Wurz for the job of principal. The team, last in the championship without a point, said that current principal John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon are leaving at the end of the season. Continue reading...
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Former F1 racer and Le Mans winner Wurz retires
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Austrian Alex Wurz, a former Formula One racer and double Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar winner, announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 41-year-old said he would hang up his helmet as a professional racing driver after competing in this weekend's final Bahrain round of the FIA world endurance championship for Toyota. Wurz is currently also the chairman of Formula One's Grand Prix Drivers' Association.
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F1 drivers to launch fan initiative in Monaco
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One drivers are hoping to give more back to their fans, at a time when unfavorable comparisons are being made with other series, with a new initiative to be presented in Monaco next week. Alex Wurz, the chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA), told Reuters that more details would be presented on the Friday rest day before the race in the Mediterranean principality. "To make sure this sport remains at the pinnacle and gets ever more popular, we would like to engage more with the fans," said the former Formula One driver who now competes in the world endurance championship and is a two times Le Mans winner. "How we are doing this I don't want to go into because this will be announced in Monaco in great detail.
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SPECIAL REPORT: FORMULA ONE; Is Formula One Still the Grandest Show of Them All?
NYTimes - over 5 years
This weekend, Formula One will stage the final race of its European season, the Italian Grand Prix, at one of its most historic tracks, Monza, which has hosted Grand Prix racing since the 1920s. This circuit, 15 kilometers, or about 10 miles, north of Milan, is where the season frequently ended in the 1950s, and was the second or third race before
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Raikkonen a testat un Peugeot 908 pentru Le Mans - Automarket
Google News - over 5 years
Alături de piloţii obişnuiţi ai echipei, Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny, Alexander Wurz şi Simon Pagenaud, finlandezul a parcurs 35 de tururi şi a oferit feedback inginerilor privind potenţialul de dezvoltare al maşinii. "M-am bucurat de testul cu
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Langstrecken-WM 2012: Was macht Wurz? - Motorsport-Total.com
Google News - over 5 years
von Roman Wittemeier Peugeot wird den Le-Mans-Kader zum kommenden Jahr offenbar deutlich umbauen - Steht auch Alexander Wurz bei den Franzosen auf der Kippe? (Motorsport-Total.com) - Alexander Wurz hat in diesem Jahr erstaunlich viel Zeit
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20-11: Michael Schumacher's best and worst moments in Formula One - Daily Mail (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Schuey was handed a stop-and-go penalty for passing Alexander Wurz under safety car conditions, but a cock-up by the stewards saw them announce the penalty with just two laps remaining. Mika Hakkinen and McLaren lodged a complaint, but the result stood
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Räikkönen könnte Wurz-Teamkollege werden - nachrichten.at
Google News - over 5 years
Der ehemalige Formel-1-Weltmeister Kimi Räikkönen könnte 2012 Markenkollege des Österreichers Alexander Wurz beim 24-Stunden-Klassiker von Le Mans werden. Der 31-jährige Finne testet am Mittwoch in Spanien einen Peugeot 908
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De flesta förarna är vidskepliga, jag med” - Aftonbladet
Google News - over 5 years
Men det finns de som går betydligt längre än så, den före detta F1–föraren Alexander Wurz hade alltid en röd och en blå sko och David Coulthard lämnade aldrig sina turkalsonger hemma när det var tävlingsdags. Sebastian Vettel har alltid ett mynt i skon
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Wurz von neuem Silverstone "nicht beeindruckt" - Motorsport-Total.com
Google News - over 5 years
"Da hat man 30 Millionen investiert, hat jede Menge Platz, aber immer noch müssen wir den Bus nehmen, ewig fahren, um zur Arbeit zu kommen", zeigt sich Alexander Wurz auf 'Twitter' "nicht beeindruckt". "Sorry, die neue Boxenanlage von Silverstone sieht
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexander Wurz
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 41
    On 10 November 2015 Wurz announced via his Twitter that after 20 years he would retire from racing.
    More Details Hide Details key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap) Notes Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 37
    In November 2011, Toyota Motorsports confirmed Wurz as one of their factory drivers for the companies planned return to the 24 Heures du Mans in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Wurz will drive their new LMP1 Hybrid Prototype alongside Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima. Wurz is involved in many projects regarding road safety and driver education and training. In 2006, he and his father founded the company Test and Training International, a leader in the field of road safety and driver training. He also works closely with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), since 2011 as an operating partner of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. In the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Wurz drove the medical car after regular driver Jacques Tropenat fell ill. Wurz lodged an entry for his own team into Formula One (announced on May 31, 2009), but the application was unsuccessful. Team Superfund was one of several new applicants hoping to compete in the sport from the 2010 season onwards. It was believed that Wurz would prefer to align the team with an existing constructor based in the UK, perhaps renting space, facilities and staff from its factory, while Superfund takes time to build up its own headquarters, possibly based on existing resources in Austria. The team would have been funded by Christian Baha, the owner of the Superfund Group, and the cars would be powered by Cosworth engines.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    Wurz continued to race for Peugeot Sport Total through 2010 and 2011, though no further Le Mans wins were forthcoming.
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    Together with his victory in 2010 of the 12hrs race of Sebring with Marc Gené and Anthony Davidson and his victory of the 1000 miles race of Road Atlanta with Stéphane Sarrazin and Franck Montagny in 2011 it made him win the 3 big Sportscar Classic Races in a Peugeot 908.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    In 2009, together with Marc Gené and David Brabham, he took outright victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, driving a works Peugeot.
    More Details Hide Details The 13-year gap between Wurz's victories is the largest in the event's history.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    Wurz signed with Peugeot to be part of their driving squad for the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans and he also participated 1000km of Spa in the Le Mans Series.
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    Wurz was the Honda F1 test driver for the 2008 Formula One season, a role he kept on the transition to Brawn GP in.
    More Details Hide Details For the 2012 Formula One season, Wurz rejoined the Williams F1 Team, this time to guide the team's inexperienced drivers Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado.
  • 2007
    Age 33
    He was replaced by Williams test driver Kazuki Nakajima for the final race of the 2007 season in Brazil.
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    On October 8, 2007 Wurz announced his immediate retirement from Formula One, meaning that the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix was his final race.
    More Details Hide Details The official Formula One website announced that "Williams driver Alexander Wurz has confirmed that he is to retire from Formula One racing with immediate effect". Wurz himself also released a statement saying "I would like to thank my family and fans, everyone at AT&T Williams and my previous teams, as well as the media, for all of their support during my Formula One racing career. I may race again, perhaps in Le Mans or other categories and certainly some of my time will now be committed to the very important subject of road safety." The 33-year-old cited doubts over his own commitment as the main reason for his departure despite having a relatively successful season racing with Williams.
    He came 3rd for the 3rd time in his F1 career at the Canadian Grand Prix on 10 June 2007, staying out of trouble from 19th on the grid in an action packed race.
    More Details Hide Details He actually damaged his rear wing early on in the race, but battled against it and finished on the podium. He nearly repeated this at the European Grand Prix, but just didn't make it past Mark Webber at the final chicane. That race turned of to be Wurz's last points finish and especially from now on, team mate Rosberg distanced him. The qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, where Rosberg started from 16th on the grid, although he lost 10 places due to an engine change in practice, and Wurz started even further back in 18th without being put further back on the grid.
    At the Monaco GP on 27 May 2007, Wurz scored his first points for the Williams F1 team, finishing in 7th place after qualifying 11th.
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  • 2006
    Age 32
    It was announced on 3 August 2006 that Wurz would replace Mark Webber as a race driver at Williams for the season.
    More Details Hide Details This was Wurz's first full-time race drive since 2000, and his team mate was Nico Rosberg.
    Alexander Wurz signed a deal with WilliamsF1 to become the team's official test and reserve driver at the beginning of 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He drove the third car at all Grand Prix Fridays in.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    In April 2005, with Juan Pablo Montoya injured, Wurz drove for McLaren in the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix, finishing fourth in the race, but taking third place after both BAR-Honda drivers were disqualified.
    More Details Hide Details This gave him a unique record, as no other driver has had such a long gap between podiums as Wurz, who went eight years without one. His drive at Imola was all the more notable because he was still not comfortable in the car, and at times had to drive with one hand. Since his signing to McLaren as test driver, Wurz had been eager to return to racing. At various times during this time he was linked in rumours to a return to a full race seat. His large size for a Formula One driver (186 cm/6'1.5") has perhaps been a factor that has not helped. In fact, because they were so sure he would be driving for Austrian-owned Red Bull Racing in, the designers at McLaren neglected to allow for his size, meaning he could not physically fit in the car. In he was strongly linked to a race seat at Jaguar, where the under-fire Antônio Pizzonia was struggling. However, McLaren were struggling with their abortive new car and blocked the move to retain Wurz as a development driver. Jaguar then decided to give Pizzonia more time to prove himself, before drafting in Justin Wilson.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 24
    One notable race was the 1998 Monaco Grand Prix, where he was running 2nd ahead of Michael Schumacher for a brief period.
    More Details Hide Details His hopes of a podium finish were ruined when Schumacher tried to pass through at Loews hairpin, but collided together with him and like Schumacher's Ferrari, his suspension broke, causing him to spin off and crash at the Nouvelle Chicane exiting the tunnel. He retired and Schumacher finished 10th in the end after the German pitted for repairs. In he took on the role of third (i.e., test) driver for McLaren.
    Toward the end of his Benetton time, Fisichella produced better results, although in 1998 Fisichella had one point less than Wurz, finishing 9th whereas Wurz finished 8th in that Season with 17 points (together with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who finished 7th.) and five 4th places.
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    However, Wurz was rewarded with a full-time race seat for the 1998 season with Benetton and spent three more seasons at the team, partnered each year by Giancarlo Fisichella.
    More Details Hide Details A strong start to 1998 suggested a bright future, and even attracted the interest of Ferrari, but the three-season stint at Benetton turned out to be a disappointment.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    Wurz's Formula One debut was on June 15, 1997 at Montreal for Benetton filling in for fellow Austrian Gerhard Berger, who couldn't race due to illness.
    More Details Hide Details Wurz impressed with a podium position in his third race (1997 British Grand Prix) before returning to being a test driver upon Berger's return to the cockpit at the German Grand Prix, which Berger won.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    Also in 1996, Wurz, together with Davy Jones and Manuel Reuter, won the Le Mans 24 Hours and in so doing became the youngest ever winner of the 24-hour race.
    More Details Hide Details He still holds the record to this day.
    From 1996, Wurz drove an Opel Calibra for the Joest Racing touring car team in the DTM.
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  • 1995
    Age 21
    During his time in Formula 3, Wurz crashed out of the lead at a race at AVUS in 1995 after a collision with the safety car.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    In 1993, he switched to the German Formula Three Championship.
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  • 1991
    Age 17
    Like most Formula One drivers, Wurz's motorsport career began with karting. In 1991, Wurz drove in Formula Ford.
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  • 1986
    Age 12
    Born in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Wurz first tasted competition in the BMX World Championship, which he won in 1986 at the age of 12.
    More Details Hide Details This gave him an underlying physical fitness suitable for motor racing. In 2000, Wurz returned somewhat to his cycling roots, starting an MTB team with countryman Markus Rainer. The team, Rainer-Wurz.com, is currently sponsored by sponsors McLaren, Siemens, and Cannondale amongst others. They are multiple World Cup winners. In the early 2000s, niche bicycle brand Katarga presented a limited edition high-end mountain bike called the Alexander Wurz EVO SL, whose frame prominently featured Wurz's autograph.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Age 0
    Wurz is the second son of former rallycross driver Franz Wurz, who won the European Rallycross Championship in 1974, 1976 and 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Wurz is married to Julia and has three sons, Charlie, Felix and Oscar (b. September 30, 2007). He used to race with different coloured boots on each foot, but since his return to racing in 2007, he wears matching pairs.
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