Wurz not 2012 Williams reserve driver

29 February, 2012

Alex Wurz

Alex Wurz

Feb.29 (GMM) Williams shareholder Toto Wolff has clarified that Alex Wurz’s new role with the team is not a driving one.

Austrian Wurz, a former Williams race and test driver and currently a Le Mans racer for Toyota, has been drafted in by the Oxfordshire based team to mentor 2012 drivers Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas.

On Servus TV, fellow Austrian Wolff admitted it was his idea to bring in his countryman to Williams.

“We have three young drivers, we must not forget Valtteri,” Wolff said. “Pastor has been in F1 for a year and Bruno has not really been given the chance to show his skills.”

But that is where Wurz’s involvement will end, despite Wolff admitting that from a “purely emotional and personal” perspective, it would be nice to see the Austrian return to the grid should Maldonado or Senna be unable to race in 2012.

He clarified: “But I think in that case, we would slot in Valtteri.”

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