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Wurz returns to Williams as driver mentor 21 Feb 2012

Alex Wurz (AUT) FIA Steward.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 25 November 2011 Alex Wurz (AUT) Williams FW29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 6 October 2007

Williams have announced that former driver Alexander Wurz will return to the British team as a driver mentor. Wurz will start his new role at this week’s Barcelona test and also plans to accompany the team to Grands Prix this season to assist racers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna.

“This is a great initiative by Williams and highlights just how hard the team is pushing to optimise its performance,” said Wurz. “Throughout my career as a sportsman, which started at the age of 12 in BMX racing, includes over a decade in Formula One and is still ongoing (racing in the World Endurance Championship), I am lucky to have gained so much experience.

“I grew up in a family business of driver training and naturally I enjoy helping fellow athletes to operate at their best. I’m really looking forward to using my expertise to help Williams at this important stage in its history.”

Mark Gillan, Williams’ chief operations engineer, added: “I am delighted to be working once more with Alex and look forward to his valuable input with the drivers as the whole team strives to continuously improve in all aspects of its operation.”

The Austrian made his Formula One debut in 1997 with Benetton and has also driven for McLaren. He joined Williams as a test driver in 2006 before taking on a race seat for the 2007 season. During the year he scored 13 points, and one podium finish, before retiring from the sport.

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