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Wurz is Williams' new third driver 03 Jan 2006

Alex Wurz (AUT) McLaren Mercedes third driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005

Williams have confirmed the appointment of Alexander Wurz as their official test and reserve driver for the 2006 Formula One season. Wurz, who joins the team after five years with McLaren, will participate in Friday practice sessions as Williams’ third driver.

“Ever since I met Frank Williams during an International Touring Car meeting in 1996, I have wanted to drive for his team and I am delighted that the opportunity has now arisen,” said Wurz.

“I feel full of energy to be part of Williams’ 2006 season attack and look forward to working closely with Mark (Webber) and Nico (Rosberg), they are quick drivers and I believe that together we will achieve great results. The testing and Friday driver role is a responsibility I am familiar with and I will throw all my experience into it. I cannot wait to start.”

Concluding contract negotiations with Wurz, Frank Williams said, “I am delighted with the agreement we have reached with Alex. Everyone at Williams believes he will bring significant improvements to the team’s performance, on Grand Prix Fridays in particular, and to our testing programme in general.”

Prior to his time with McLaren, Wurz raced for Benetton from 1997 to 2000.