Alex Wurz retires from competition at the age of 41


A career full of successes coming to an end. Alex Wurz retires. The austrian has decided to hang up the monkey to the age of 41 after spending more than 20 years in the world of competition. Few could guess that the guy who started competing in BMX and Mountain Bike you would end up with a career so vast in the world of racing, living much of the same in the F1 World or in the World of Resistance. After seven years at Le Mans and in the WEC associated to Peugeot and Toyota, it is time to say goodbye.

The trajectory of Alex Wurz began half way between the F3 of Austria and Germany. Three years in this type of cars and the good physical form of the austrian served to give jump to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His first participation was in 1996 with the team Joest Racing ended in victory. The team formed by Davy Jones, Manuel Reuter and Alex Wurz was crowned in The Sarthe after 354 laps at the controls of the TWR Porsche WSC-95. After this victory, Wurz made his debut with Benetton in the World of F1.

His first full season in F1 was in 1998. Finished eighth with 17 points, being its most successful year. Competed for two more years with the team, Mild Seven Benetton Playlife, until he signed as as a test driver of McLaren Mercedes of face-to-2001. He held this role for five seasons, played in the 2005 Grand Prix of San Marino, where he scored his second podium in the category. His last two seasons in F1 were of the hand of the team Williams as a test driver and another as an owner. His last hit was in the third place in the GP of Canada 2007.


After the F1, Alex Wurz returned to its origins and returned to
the 24 Hours of Le Mans
. The austrian competed with the official team of
Peugeot Sport during four editions, getting their second victory in
this test in 2009 with David Brabham and spaniard Marc Gené
. With the
creation of a renewed World of Resistance, Wurz joined by Toyota,
manufacturer with which he has remained during the last four
seasons. With the formation japanese has played four World
the full controls of the Toyota TS030 Hybrid and its successor, the
TS040 Hybrid.

Although it has not reached any success in Le Mans,
the performance of Alex Wurz with Toyota has been a remarkable. In his first
season with the team won the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, 6 Hours of
Fuji and the 6 Hours of Shanghai. In his second season with the team
he returned to win at Fuji, while in 2014 they scored the triumph next to
their peers in the 6 Hours of Bahrain. Alex Wurz will take his well-deserved
farewell in the 6 Hours of Bahrain
, last test I played on
the LMP1 japanese. Who will be his replacement?